In a tweet, PM Modi wrote, "I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first global test match". First time users, however, will have to register to catch the action.
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"See, I don't know what's going to happen after this Test match". Dhawan showed no mercy to his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate, as he attacked him from the get-go. As "The Historic First" is all set to begin, an epic battle is likely on cards with a showdown between the Afghan spinners and Indian batsmen.
Neither Rashid Khan nor Mujeeb Ur Rehman could trouble the batsmen.
On Thursday, on the first day of the Test in Bengaluru, Shikhar Dhawan made a mockery of any such claim. We are not taking them lightly at all. During that journey it has consistently performed against other ICC members and Test playing nations recording milestone victories over them in various formats of the game.
On the eve of the historic match, Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai said his team faced sky-high expectations at home. India and Dhawan won't mind this though with fifty up in eleven overs. The Afghanistan skipper had said that his team has better spinners - Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and Hamza Hotak - than India, who have the likes of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav in their ranks.
"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.
While the next five days will define which set of spinners will have an upperhand, Indian batting has a proven pedigree even without Virat Kohli's presence in the squad.
Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons' statement about "not knowing what it's all about till you get there" seemed prophetic as the talented bunch of cricketers got their introductory lessons in red ball cricket from two openers, who have played 85 Test matches between themselves.
Writing in his column for TOI, the former Indian captain wrote that the Test is a big game for Rahane as he is out of the ODI team for the England tour, which Ganguly felt was unfortunate.