Speaking in the opening ceremony, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, said, "I welcome their maiden Test match against India. 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 signed off.
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Top-ranked India will be "ruthless" and not take Afghanistan lightly when they make their Test debut in Bangalore, skipper Ajinkya Rahane said Wednesday. "To be competing against the best on the Test rankings table is something to be proud of and we will try to do our best in whatever chances we get and exhibit the skills the players possess individually as well as collectively as a team".
In the bowling department, India have the star spinning trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav along with pacers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur.
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Whether the Afghan bravado holds up over 20 wickets across five days remains to be seen.
PM Modi, who has been extremely vocal regarding the importance of sports in recent times, further went on to add that Test match will help in strengthening ties between the two nations. There is no reason why they can not do it in test cricket and in time they will be even better bowlers than when they started off. "It has been a handsome journey for them. Everyone knows Afghanistan is a tough place and the turmoil that they are going through, yet they are able to inspire people with their performances".
The Afghanistan team under Asghar Stanikzai's captaincy will lock horns with the world's number one ranked Test side.
Modi congratulated both the cricket boards and also wished luck to India and Afghanistan for the historic Test. The U.S. Hotstar service is also available on mobile phones and the Roku set-top streaming box by downloading the Hotstar app.