Ruthless India wont take Afghanistan lightly: Rahane

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Afghanistan is playing against India in Bangalore and the match will kick-start at 9:30 PM IST.

The Indian Express newspaper quoted an unidentified official saying: "The subtle message is to Pakistan...that Pakistan exports terrorism, and that is the reason their players have not been allowed to play in Indian domestic cricket".

India's sports minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore, shook hands with Afghan players before the match and read out a congratulatory statement from Modi.

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

"As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game".

"It's a very proud moment", Stanikzai said at the toss.

"We are not ging to take Afghanistan lightly. The batsmen will take their own time to play and the main thing is that a bowler has to keep patience, bowl a lot of spells and that has to be seen whether they can do it in a Test match", Rajput concluded. "The batting is a little bit less but the bowling, you will see a young fast bowler in this Test match hopefully".

Mujeeb Ur Rahman second left has played in KXIP's 11 games in IPL 2018. | File
Mujeeb Ur Rahman second left has played in KXIP's 11 games in IPL 2018. | File

In Kohli's absence, India are most likely to call up their star spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, the world's fourth and fifth-ranked Test bowlers respectively. In March, the teenager became the fastest bowler to reach 100 one-day worldwide wickets, and is now the world's top-ranked Twenty20 bowler.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, won the qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March and this maiden test against the world's number one ranked side is a seal of further approval on its meteoric rise in worldwide cricket. We are not thinking about Afghanistan as well: "yes, we respect them as our opponent but it's important for us to go out there and give more than our 100 per cent", said the batsman.

Rashid Khan (1/120) claimed his maiden Test wicket when he had stand-in Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane (10) leg before with the help of the DRS and Cheteshwar Pujara (35) became Mujeeb ur Rahaman's first victim after he was brilliantly caught at short fine-leg by Mohammad Nabi.

Troubled by two rain breaks during which Vijay found himself stuck in the 90s, the Tamil Nadu opener kept his composure to notch up his 12th Test hundred in the final session.

Afghanistan past year achieved full member status of the International Cricket Council, making them one of only 12 Test teams.

"Getting back to Test cricket from (Twenty20) is all about tuning your mind rather than focusing on your skills", Rahane said. "We are happy to be here and playing India, Virat is not India".

"Right now, Rashid is the most hard bowler to play against".

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