However, it proved a sobering experience as India, shorn of key players and regular skipper Virat Kohli, first forced Afghanistan to follow-on before dismissing them twice in as many sessions for their biggest test victory inside two days. India bundled them out for 103 runs in 38.5 overs. And we must say it was a day full of action for the bowlers.
They had two forgettable days of cricket in what was supposed to be a memorable Test.
The visitors, playing their first ever Test, gave a forgettable account of themselves, folding up in two sessions after managing totals of 109 and 103 respectively in two innings.
Talking to ANI, the 55-year-old said, "Afghanistan are good as a team but there is a difference between playing a one-day global and a Test match".
Furthermore, India registered its biggest inning win in the red ball form.
India won by an innings and 262 runs.
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Here are some tweets that appreciated the gesture by Rahane and team India.
The West Indian said the huge defeat has made the players realise where they stand in the five-day format. His first two wickets - Javed Ahmadi and Afsar Zazai - in the Afghanistan first innings were a fast bowler's delight.
In a nice little gesture, Rahane called the entire Afghanistan team for a photo opportunity and even offered rival skipper Asghar Stanikzai to hold the winner's trophy.
All is certainly not lost, for no team has begun its journey in Test cricket being the finished product. It's not [always] about in the match, but creating those situations in practice also and thinking and visualising that as batsmen how they are going to play against each opponent. The highest number of wickets to have fallen in a day previously in India is 20: Mumbai 2004 against Australia, and Nagpur 2015 against South Africa. Hasmatullah Shahidi was the leading run scorer with 36 runs and Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets. Ishant, fresh from an impressive county stint, bowled a ideal line and got the new ball to dart back in cleaning up top-order batsmen. "Insha'Allah (God willing), we can do well", the 30-year-old batsman said.
Pandya's innings had 10 boundaries and he faced 91 balls. The resources exist within the game, and the money-men who have taken cricket to where it is must find ways to funnel some of this towards reducing the gap between the very best and richest boards and others who need a hand. After first innings, they were trying to stay on wicket, but it's still a beginning.
Fall of wickets: 1-168 (Dhawan, 28.4), 2-280 (Vijay, 51.5), 3-284 (Rahul, 52.1), 4-318 (Rahane, 66.3), 5-328 (Pujara, 69.5), 6-334 (Karthik, 74.5), 7-369 (Ashwin, 85.5), 8-436 (Jadeja, 98.5), 9-440 (Pandya, 99.2).