Ajinkya Rahane to discuss future plans with selectors after India-Afghanistan Test

14 Juin, 2018, 07:25 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Afghanistan Test squad: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Jannat, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Hamza Hotak, Syed Ahmad Sherzad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar Momand, Mujeeb ur Rahman. Kuldeep Yadav's contentious selection may or may not have contributed to Anil Kumble losing the coaching job, but there's every chance that the Rahane-Kuldeep combination will once again be seen at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday for a Test that marks Afghanistan's entry into the big league.

The strife-torn nation secured Test status a year ago along with Ireland, who lost their debut match to Pakistan in Dublin last month.

But Rahane, who is standing in as captain for Virat Kohli, said there was no room for complacency in cricket. From our side, we will play like how we approach any other team. "We have succeeded in our plans and we will look play this Test the same way". I hope they get to play a lot of Test Cricket.

Speaking about the upcoming series he said: "As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game".

Preparation wise, Afghanistan picked two vastly different squads for the T20Is against Bangladesh and their inaugural Test. "I am very sure that they (Afghanistan) would be better bowlers by the start of the next Test match than what they are now", Karthik said.

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Our spinners - R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav - are quality, experienced bowlers.

The Indian skipper refused to be drawn into comparisons between the spinners on both sides, saying every player believed his team is good and their bowling and batting is better.

"The mood back home is that they are very positive and supportive and looking forward for the best performance". He has not played Test cricket. We are disappointed he is not playing, but a little bit happy that we are not going to bowl to him all the time.

Despite praising the nascent achievements of Afghanistan as an worldwide cricket team, Karthik has stated that Indian spinners will be a lot more experienced than their counterparts and have the ability to change the course of the game. "We are happy to be here and playing India, Virat is not India".

"Getting back to Test cricket from (Twenty20) is all about tuning your mind rather than focusing on your skills", Rahane said.

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