Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
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Narendra Modi hopes historic cricket match will boost ties with Afghanistan

Narendra Modi hopes historic cricket match will boost ties with Afghanistan

"Not only are they competing in shorter formats but are also winning series", Karthik appreciated Afghanistan's team.

While the next five days will define which set of spinners will have an upperhand, Indian batting has a proven pedigree even without Virat Kohli's presence in the squad.

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Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland in June past year, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognised by the ICC in 2001. "They have a decent team... bowlers (are good)", he told reporters on the eve of the one-off Test.

"That's a pretty big statement to make, considering they haven't played Test cricket", Nair was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.

Since gaining one day worldwide status in 2009, the Afghans have made giant strides and qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year. They played like a higher ranked side against the World number 10 T20I team and thumped them with authority.


Rashid Khan (7-0-51-0) the reigning crown prince of 24-ball spells, received a harsh treatment from Dhawan, who smacked him for three boundaries to complete a half-century in 47 balls.

Afghanistan: Ashgar Stanikzai (Captain), Mohammed Shahzad (wicket-keeper), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ihsanullah Janat, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Yamin Ahmadzai Wafadar, Mujeeb ur Rahman.

India: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.

"The historic friendship and relations between India and Afghanistan go back to centuries. They have a decent team", he told reporters. So overall it's going to be an exciting game of cricket. We are not thinking about Afghanistan as well: "yes, we respect them as our opponent but it's important for us to go out there and give more than our 100 per cent", said the batsman.

The match between India and Afghanistan is labelled to be a historic one.

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