Afghanistan, who have been forced to train in India since 2015 because of the conflict at home, have just secured a T20 series sweep over Bangladesh with teen sensation Rashid Khan now an worldwide star.
When will India vs Afghanistan one-off Test match be played? "To be competing against the best on the Test rankings table is something to be proud of and we will try to do our best in whatever chances we get and exhibit the skills the players possess individually as well as collectively as a team".
India has already offered war-ravaged Afghanistan two stadiums in the country to host matches with other nations. "They have a decent team", he told reporters.
"That's a pretty big statement to make, considering they haven't played Test cricket", Nair was quoted as saying by Mid-Day. With an over before lunch, Dhawan completed 7th Test century and became first to do so against Afghanistan off just 87 balls.More news: SNP MPs cause uproar as they walk out of PMQs with Blackford
"In Afghanistan, the brilliant thing is that a lot of the young talent that is coming through are spinners, because they all follow Rashid (Khan), they follow (Mohammed) Nabi, so because of that our spin department is very strong from below", the Afghan skipper said.
Whether the Afghan bravado holds up over 20 wickets across five days remains to be seen. Afghanistan kept making further inroads as India slipped to 334/6 after the departure of Pujara (35) and Dinesh Karthik, who returned to Test cricket after a gap of eight years. The only time they struggled was against Australia in 2017. "But experience pays and it can not be easily bought", Karthik told Fox Sports.
Cricket - India v Afghanistan - Afghanistan Team's Press Conference - Bengaluru, India - June 13, 2018 - Afghanistan's cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai (C), Afghanistan cricket team coach Phil Simmons (L) and Afghanistan's National Team Manager Shir Agha Hamkar address a news conference.
"Today cricket is unifying force for the people of Afghanistan, India takes pride in being shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghanistan in this journey", the message read. "We thank India and BCCI for their role in the development in Afghanistan cricket, and for organizing this match, and also request other Test-playing nations to organize Test series against Afghanistan". Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India. Hotstar.com will live stream the match.