Afghanistan look to make more than just history

Published : 9:05 am  June 14, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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June 14 is a momentous occasion in the history of the game as Afghanistan would become the 12th Test-playing nation when they take on India at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Like Ireland just a few days ago, Afghanistan are not in it to just be in it. They are going out to win, and they have talked the talk in the lead up to the game. 

Both the teams are more than just their spinners. Afghanistan’s batting might have looked a bit under-cooked in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, but in Mohammad Shahzad, Stanikzai himself, Rahmat Shah, Nabi, Javed Ahmadi and others, there’s a pack of batsmen who have scored lot of runs against varied bowling attacks in different parts of the world over the years. 

Virat Kohli, the talismanic Indian Captain, had opted out of the Test to prepare for the tour of England later in the year with a stint at Surrey before going down with a neck injury. 

In his absence, Ajinkya Rahane will lead India, and Rahane won’t have the services of many players who have played key roles in making India the No.1 Test Team in the world. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been rested, as is the case with Jasprit Bumrah. Rohit Sharma isn’t there either. And both Wriddhiman Saha, India’s first-choice Test wicket-keeper, and Mohammed Shami have withdrawn from the match with injuries.