India vs Afghanistan 1st Test: FPJ's dream XI for 'The Historic First' Test match

Karun Nair India Ranji Trophy

Karun Nair India Ranji Trophy

Afghanistan has already proved its potential in limited-overs cricket, but history beckons the war-torn nation as for the first-time ever its players will take the field wearing white flannels and pants. And their recent performance against Bangladesh must have boosted their confidence.

"The preparation has been good because we only had four players that crossover".

"I think there will always be a bit of disappointment in the players not to be on the same field as Virat, but at the same time we look at it as win the Test match and beat India, we don't beat Virat", Simmons said.

"When I played with them (Afghanistan) in Ireland, it was a little more greener than this and it still turned", he said.

"You prepare for what you expect". "We feel we are well prepared". So, we've had our own Kuldeep.

"We are not feeling nervous", he told a news conference on Wednesday. When you practice it against a left-arm spinner you learn how to play him. "We have worked hard over the last couple of days for this and we will do our best", he said.

One omission from their preparation though, will be on how to counter Virat Kohli as the Indian captain will sit the game out, as well as miss the planned County stint, owing to a neck injury. "Yes, some of the players who have not made into this squad have made huge contribution to Afghanistan cricket".

"What is important is that every Test match counts and we can't take them lightly". The only time they struggled was against Australia in 2017. "We are happy to be here and playing India, Virat is not India". "That's how we look at it", Simmons said.

"My captain knows what he's talking about". "I think our bowlers are experienced enough to turn on that. We have succeeded in our plans and we will look play this Test the same way". Because when you get over there then you understand what it takes to be over there. They have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.

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