Afghanistan cricket team has touch-down Bangaluru for their debut one-off Test against India on July 14-18. Afghanistan got their Test status from ICC a month back. A lot has changed since they recently whitewashed Bangladesh 3-0. With Rashid Khan and the other spinners like Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Nabi in good form Afghanistan should pose a threat to the Virat-less Team India.
Afghanistan cricket team arrived in India last night and here are some pictures that will show you how they were welcomed in Bangaluru on their arrival.
June 14th will undoubtedly be the most historic day in Afghanistan cricket till date. They are expected to be up for the occasion.
Meanwhile, captain of Afghanistan has tried to send warnings to India by saying that Afghan spinners are better than Indian spinners. That is a massive statement to make considering India is considered to be the traditional breeding ground for spinners.
One can understand where Stanikzai is coming from. The Afghan spinners have been impressing everybody. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb also have good experience of playing in such conditions, which will help.
“The whole world knows that [we have very good spinners in] Rashid Khan, Mujeeb [Ur Rahman], [Mohammad] Nabi, Rahmat [Shah], Zahir [Khan]. In Afghanistan, the brilliant thing is that a lot of the young talent that is coming through is spinners because they all follow Rashid, they follow Nabi, so because of that our spin department is very strong from below. In my opinion, we have good spinners, better spinners than India,” Stanikzai told ESPNcricinfo.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in Virat Kohli’s absence.