PM Modi congratulates people of Afghanistan over historic Test vs India

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But Stanikzai doesn't expect the enormity of the occasion to affect his players.

"We are not feeling nervous", he told a news conference on Wednesday.

Stanikzai agreed that there was a difference between playing a T20 and a Test match.

In recent years, cricket has become yet another area building goodwill and cementing ties between Afghanistan and India.

Only last month, an attack on a cricket match in Khan´s home city of Jalalabad killed eight people and wounded 45.

It was in Bengaluru seven years ago that Simmons truly left his imprint as a coach, when Ireland upset England at the 2011 World Cup. They have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.

The troubled country has yet to play an global game at home and the possibility of doing so in the future is remote as well.

Without losing any wicket, India smashed 158 at lunch. Most of our matches are live on social media so they are coming through. And while there is a major gulf between the teams, the Afghans intend to try to bridge that gap with a plucky attitude. The core of this test team has been practicing with the red ball. The star player will not just be missed by India but the opposing team as well, who will miss out on a chance to bowl to him. Since then, not only have they have upstaged football as the nation's number one sport but also have tried to wipe out the tears from the eyes of their countrymen with their deeds on the cricket field.

India have a little advantage in the upcoming Test as their batsmen have already faced a couple of Afghan spinners in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Additionally, Mohammed Shami failed a fitness test on Tuesday and has been excluded from the squad and senior batsman Rohit Sharma was dropped after a poor showing in South Africa.

"We are not going to take Afghanistan lightly". "So far, we have been successful in executing our plan in the other two formats of the game".

Hardik Pandya, on 10, and Ravichandran Ashwin, on 7, were at the crease when play ended after an extended final session but only 78 overs were possible due to two rain interruptions.

Stanikzai has insisted that his team's spin department led by teen sensation Rashid Khan is better than India's.

"Rashid is so professional, he knows how to deal with it".

The hapless bowlers struggled with the "Test match length", especially the spinners who are used to ball flat and quick. I am sure they can turn the ball even on green tracks. According to another understanding reached last month, all teams touring India will now play one practice game against Afghanistan, an arrangement which will provide worldwide exposure to the team.

"I congratulate the Board of Cricket Control in India and the Afghanistan Cricket Board for organising this historic Test match. It is an honour for India to host the Afghan national team at home ground in Greater Noida and Dehradun", Modi said.

"The historic friendship and relations between India and Afghanistan go back to centuries".

By the end of the day, however, leg-spinner Rashid Khan was showing exactly why he is one of the most exciting young cricketers in world cricket, taking the scalp of India captain Ajinkya Rahane and showing off his full array of magical deliveries as Test cricket's newcomers finished the day in the ascendancy.