India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test

India vs Afghanistan Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virender Sehwag’s record

India vs Afghanistan Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virender Sehwag’s record

Khan, the top T20 bowler in ICC rankings, took the Indian Premier League by storm with his 21 wickets for runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad, and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman also impressed in the cash-rich tournament.

The strife-torn nation secured Test status past year along with Ireland, who lost their debut match to Pakistan in Dublin last month.

Rahane, filling in for Virat Kohli, said while it's an honour to be part of the historic Test, his side will focus on their strengths. From our side, we will play like how we approach any other team. "Each and every Test counts and we need to win this one", Rahane said. "When I played with them (Afghanistan) in Ireland, it was a little more greener than this and it still turned", he said. Though they will be playing their first global Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result.

Preparation wise, Afghanistan picked two vastly different squads for the T20Is against Bangladesh and their inaugural Test.

"Every member will like to believe that their team is good". The Rashids, Mujeeb Zadrans and Mohammed Shahzads would like to put their best foot forward in trying to at least provide their countrymen a refuge in sporting success.

Like Dinesh Karthik, Rahane also didn't want to read too much into Afghan captain Asghar Stanikzai's statement about the visiting spinners being superior to the Indian trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. "Fortunately the three fast bowlers (Wafadar, Sayed Shirzad and Yamin Ahmadzai) were not in T20I squad and they have been concentrating on Test preparation". "So we are disappointed he is not playing, but little bit happy that we are not going to bowl to him all the time. We have to look and see what happens. but his professionalism will help him to adjust and am sure he will come out well". "Skill-wise, it won't make a difference, but our attitude [towards training] matters, if you have to make a quick switch in terms of our mindset from T20s to Test cricket". "Over the last three days, the focus has been on tuning our minds, especially because we're coming in after two months of the IPL", said Rahane. "We are happy to be here and playing India, Virat is not India".

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