Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

Dhawan bludgeoned the rookie Afghan bowlers into submission with a power-packed unbeaten 104 (91 balls) while Murali Vijay (41 no off 72 balls) held one end up with the home team setting the foundation for what promises to be a mammoth first innings total.

Afghanistan will kick off their historic journey in the Test format, against India, on Thursday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

"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. However, Rashid Khan had a ideal chance to dismiss the risky Dhawan in the 20 over, when the Afghans went for a review in an appeal for LBW. Mujeeb and Rashid have played in the IPL and know the Indian conditions well.

Dhawan rushed to his seventh Test century in 87 balls, his second-fastest. Rashid Khan's delivery goes in vain as the ball races towards the boundary at deep mid-wicket.

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"We are not going to take Afghanistan lightly". There was a faint edge and remember, they had appealed for the caught behind.

The one-off test match is considered as a historic match since this will be Afghanistan's maiden test match after obtaining the test status from ICC.

Karun Nair, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav and Navdeep Saini could not make it to India's playing XI as KL Rahul set to bat in the middle order with all the three openers are in the team.

Afghans have five spinners in their squad in Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and left-arm spinner Hamza Kotak with the captain Asghar Stanikzai confident about that they can cause trouble against the formidable Indians.

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

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

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Afghanistan, meanwhile, will have Mohammad Shahzad, who will lead their batting charge against the Indian attack.

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But Rahane, who is standing in as captain for Virat Kohli, said there was no room for complacency in cricket.

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