Afghanistan Test squad: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Jannat, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Hamza Hotak, Syed Ahmad Sherzad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar Momand, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Where will the India vs Afghanistan one-off Test match be played?
But Rahane, who is standing in as captain for Virat Kohli, said there was no room for complacency in cricket. "We still had 12-13 players training with red ball", Simmons said.
Afghanistan play their debut Test.
The live telecast of the India vs Afghanistan one-off Test match will begin at 9:30 AM IST the toss will take place at 09:00 AM IST. The 48 he made on that spiteful pitch may have shut the door on Rohit Sharma's Test career for the foreseeable future, and Kohli's recent birthday wish on social media suggested that India wouldn't make the mistake of jettisoning Rahane for an overseas Test again any time soon. Though they will be playing their first global Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result. And our spinners, Kuldeep (Yadav), Ashwin or (Ravindra) Jadeja, they are all experienced. While the star-studded bowling line-up has hogged most of the limelight, the Afghans would expect their batsmen to contribute equally if they hope for a dream start to their Test journey.
The Indian skipper refused to be drawn into comparisons between the spinners on both sides, saying every player believed his team is good and their bowling and batting is better. "We have to look and see what happens. but his professionalism will help him to adjust and am sure he will come out well". "On a given day, it's the mindset that makes a difference", Rahane said.
Stanikzai admitted his inexperienced unit faced a daunting task in the long format but said they were determined to put their best foot forward. They are quality spinners, they back each other. "So we are disappointed he is not playing, but little bit happy that we are not going to bowl to him all the time".
"Getting back to Test cricket from (Twenty20) is all about tuning your mind rather than focusing on your skills", Rahane said. He has not played Test cricket. We are happy to be here and playing India.