'This Is Just The Beginning For Afghanistan': India's Captain

Virender Sehwag Ecstatic as another Rahul comes to bat at number three for India

After their victory, when the team received the trophy, captain Rahane made a heart-winning gesture when he called the Afghanistan players to pose with the trophy along Team India. Test cricket is all about attitude and patience.

It was a dream 17 years in the making, after Afghanistan's initiation as an International Cricket Council affiliate member back in.

Asghar has claimed that Afghanistan's spinners are better than those of India. They had studied quite a bit about the longest format of the game in Bengaluru.

Coming after a county stint, Pujara was expected to make the most of this game before he next plays for India in the all-crucial England series.

Only four times in Test history has a team been bowled out twice in a day.

While players from some other associate nations, including Ireland and Scotland, have the benefit of access to County cricket in England, Afghanistan's players are not welcomed to first-class competitions by their more fortunate neighbours.

Making a comeback into the Test team after a gap of more than 8 years, it was the flawless opportunity for the wicket-keeper to make the selectors sweat when they sit down to pick the team for the England Test matches. "Almost all the players including skipper Virat Kohli have comfortably cleared the qualifying mark for the YoYo test. Ambati Rayudu is the only player in the UK-bound squad, who has failed to clear the fitness test". Five of their 10 Test wins have come against a hapless Zimbabwe. When it came to batting, he was at his best, notching up his third Test fifty. They won't get to face top-ranked sides often, but for this group of players the journey in whites has just begun. And the only way forward to do so is to introduce a tier system in Tests to save the game from further decline and decay. "This has been more than just another Test match".

The worldwide cricket monitors are, unfortunately, walking in the opposite direction by allowing more and more quantity instead of emphasising on quality.

Cricket - India v Afghanistan - Afghanistan Team's Press Conference - Bengaluru, India - June 13, 2018 - Afghanistan's cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai (C), Afghanistan cricket team coach Phil Simmons (L) and Afghanistan's National Team Manager Shir Agha Hamkar address a news conference. Hence, by this, they became the 12th official team ever to play the purest form of cricket.

Rahane also had words of appreciation for Afghanistan despite their abject surrender in the match. But few teams have been as ill-prepared for the rigours of the game. We wanted to play some good cricket. These are the first admissions since Bangladesh get Test status in 2000.

Their losing margin of innings and 262 runs is the heaviest for a team in their debut Test surpassing Pakistan's innings & 70 runs hammering against India in Delhi in 1952. One of the major concerns for the team will be to up the fitness levels.

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