India's Modi hopes historic cricket match will boost ties with Afghanistan

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We're lucky to be a part of this historic Test but we will be ruthless. "It is an honour for India to host the Afghan national team at home ground in Greater Noida and Dehradun", Modi said.

Regular captain Kohli was anyhow going to miss the match as he had lined up a stint in county cricket to prepare for the England Test series.

"Reflecting on Afganistan skipper Ashgar Stanikzai's latest statement that his side's spinners were better than Indian spinners, Rahane said", Every member will like to believe that their team is good.

Seasoned opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed a quickfire century to help India pile 158/0 at lunch in the lop-sided opening session on day 1 of the one-off Test against debutants Afghanistan here on Thursday.

The Test marks the induction of Afghanistan, the 12th Test-playing nation, to the highest platform in cricket. Upon returning from the second one, Afghanistan were a different team.

"The historic friendship and relations between India and Afghanistan go back to centuries".

Official sources said the cricket event marks a successful culmination of India's sports diplomacy with Afghanistan which began after the fall of Taliban in 2001.

"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 concluded.

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Lokesh Rahul, batting on 33, then joined Vijay to continue India´s momentum as they put on 80 runs between them before rain halted play for an early tea.

Once the openers were gone, Rashid found his mojo and got to land his googlies consistently on good length troubling the middle order batsmen.

Nabi was also a part of T20 leagues across the globe like the Big Bash League, Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League among others.

So, Rashid Khan is a story of Afghanistan cricket, which adds charm and charisma to Afghanistan Cricket, and that's superb; and we are really proud that we are generating and we are producing such talents like Rashid, Mujeeb, Zahir Khan, and some of the other youngsters that the world will be surprised with, insha allah, in the future. "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 had words of encouragement for the rookies.

No wonder the iconic CLR James line is still so relevant "What do they know of Cricket who only Cricket Know".

After impressive performances in the limited-overs formats, Afghanistan must prove they can stand the stresses of a five-day match.

"Our Kuldeep Yadav (2 Tests) has played more first-class games than all their spinners put together".

Karthik said that value of experience can never be undermined, a testimony is a whopping 476 Test wickets between Ravichandran Ashwin (311) and Ravindra Jadeja (165 wickets).

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