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. This decision of allowing players time to prepare for the Test by monitoring their training schedules was a conscious one. The mood back home is that they are very positive, supportive and looking forward for the best performance.
Afghanistan has made quick strides in white-ball cricket since its worldwide debut in 2001.
Afghanistan have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.
The troubled country has yet to play an worldwide game at home and the possibility of doing so in the future is remote as well. India went to lunch at 158/0 in 27 overs. Afghanistan were slowly coming back in the game.
The left-hander has scored over 100 runs in a session before, though, doing so against Australia on debut in Mohali in 2013, and then against Sri Lanka in Galle a year ago. "We have to look and see what happens. but his professionalism will help him to adjust and am sure he will come out well". "Whereas Afghanistan, which has suffered terrorism, has exported talented players, and the Indian people and the government are welcoming their participation..." And while there is a major gulf between the teams, the Afghans intend to try to bridge that gap with a plucky attitude.
The Afghan cricketers continue a strong affiliation with the Pakhtun-speaking Pathans in Pakistan. "Best wishes to both teams", he wrote.
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And yet still the Afghans seemed determined to enjoy themselves, none more so than Mohammad Shahzad, the portly opening batsman establishing himself as a firm favourite with the Indian crowd for his whole-hearted efforts in the field.
"As a cricket fan I salute you all for bringing Afghanistan great pride", Jamal Sahar Kanwal from the eastern city of Jalalabad wrote on Facebook. At the same time, we will not be taking them lightly. "So far, we have been successful in executing our plan in the other two formats of the game". Here we discuss that one humungous strength, their weaknesses, opportunity and threats in this SWOT analysis.
The rain came at stopped the play after 45.1 overs.
Pace duo Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav sent the Afghan top order packing before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 4-27 as the visitors lost all their 10 wickets in a single session. Afghanistan were led by skipper Asghar Stanikzai with the wrist spinning talents of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman also part of the squad.
"Rashid is so professional, he knows how to deal with it". "I think our bowlers are experienced enough to turn on that".
"But if you see the India team, all of the players are Virat Kohli for us".
"This is yet another poignant example of the everlasting friendship between India and Afghanistan", Ghani said in a statement.
Bangalore, India, June 14, 2018 (AFP) -Afghanistan clawed their way back after India´s Shikhar Dhawan hit a blazing century on Thursday as the minnows capped their astonishing rise from war and refugee camps to joining the sport´s elite.