At 17 years and 76 days Mujeeb Ur Rahman became the first 21st century born cricketer, both men and women combined to appear in a Test. He also became the second youngest to play a Test against India. Not only that, he also became the youngest ever to play in the inaugural Test of a country, eclipsing the 66-year-old record of Hanif Mohammad, who was 17y 300 d old in Pakistan’s maiden Test in 1952.
India take on debutantes Afghanistan in the historic occasion at the MA Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Ajinkya Rahane-led India won the toss and opted to bat first on a placid wicket.
Shikhar Dhawan who aborted practice yesterday, which gave way to speculations, slammed his 7th Test century in 87 balls and became the 6th player ever to score a hundred in the first session of a Test match. India went into lunch at 158 for no loss, completely dominating the session. As was expected, the spinners did not create an impact, it is too early to make an assessment but going by the pitch and the usage of the red-ball, both Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman looked out of colour and shape. Both the spinners bowled 15 overs before lunch yielding 105 runs at an economy of 7 per over.
As we speak, India lost their first wicket soon after lunch, Dhawan departed for 107. KL Rahul has just walked out to the crease. India are 228 for 1 in 42 overs.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan become the 12th ICC certified Test nation. It is a historic occasion for them and Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the Afghanistan Cricket Board for choosing to play their historic Test against India.