But this will be a new challenge for Afghanistan playing against India in their first ever test match. On behalf of all Afghans I pay tribute to their contribution to the game of cricket and honour them for their contribution to the game.
An excellent spin attack led by Rashid Khan is a reason for Afghanistan's confidence.
Afghanistan received Test status a year ago along with Ireland.
"It's a very proud moment", Stanikzai said at the toss. We don't want to take anyone lightly, but we're lucky to be part of this historic first Test.
Afghanistan was granted Test status in June previous year along with Ireland.
"All their spinners put together wouldn't have played that many matches that Kuldeep Yadav would have played in four-day cricket". It's like any other test match for us.
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who was named in the Indian Test squad as a replacement for Wriddhiman Saha, has lauded Afghanistan's inspirational journey as the latter team prepare to play their historic match in the longest format of the game.
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Rashid and Mujeeb did come back in the last hour, troubling the batsmen with their variations, showing a glimpse of what could have been had they found their line and length earlier in the day. Yes, we are going to focus on our strengths and our positives, without thinking about Afghanistan. The same stadium, official sources said, has been lent to Afghanistan to serve as its official home ground where it can host worldwide matches.
Conflict has scarred virtually every member of the team and they are impoverished compared with their opponents, the world s wealthiest cricket nation.
Hashmatullah Shahidi fell leg-before for 11 to hand Ashwin his second wicket, before left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Rashid Khan (seven) in his first over.
The first session of the Chinnaswamy Stadium Test in Bengaluru truly belonged to India, thanks to a breezy hundred by opener Shikhar Dhawan.
The hapless bowlers struggled during the first two sessions as they were not able to hit the correct "Test match length", especially the spinners, who are used to bowling flat and quick.
Khan, the top T20 bowler in ICC rankings, took the Indian Premier League by storm with his 21 wickets for runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad, and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman also impressed in the cash-rich tournament.