1st session belongs to India -- thanks to Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan raised injury concerns ahead of the one-off Test against Afghanistan

It will be a historic moment for Asghar Stanikzai's team when they step out on Thursday for their maiden five-day outing against the world's number one Test side.

"The mood back home is very positive".

"India are number one in Test cricket and, especially when they play at home, they are awesome and it's really hard to beat them in India", he said.

At the lunch break, Murali Vijay (41 not out) and Dhawan (104 not out) went back intact, leaving Afghanistan to rethink over their strategies in their first ever Test.

"I congratulate the Board of Cricket Control in India and the Afghanistan Cricket Board for organising this historic Test match".

They gained one-day worldwide status in 2009 and have qualified for their second 50-over World Cup to be held in England and Wales next year. They came through the qualifiers and secured a World Cup berth. He took 21 wickets for runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad, who paid $1.4 million for his services.

"They're able to produce big players even in a tournament like the IPL (Indian Premier League).They have some key players who are producing some big performances for them".

RP Singh, a once upon a time Indian pacer has come out with praise for Saini following the latter's selection As a left-arm fast bowler RP Singh was one of the most important parts of the Indian cricket team.

"We have limited players from different provinces, but when they perform we give them chances in our "A" and development squads from where they graduate into the national team", he said.

Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland a year ago, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognised by the ICC in 2001. We are disappointed he is not playing, but a little bit happy that we are not going to bowl to him all the time.

"Today cricket is unifying force for the people of Afghanistan, India takes pride in being shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghanistan in this journey", the message read. "They have a decent team", he told reporters. Partners in earning the Test membership, Ireland had a rather celebrated start to Test cricket when they ran Pakistan close in a home Test last month. We all know the stats but we don't want to focus on the stats.

Ajinkya Rahane held a poster-perfect smile at the pre-match press conference at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday (June 13) but his mouth uttered: "we'll be ruthless!" Afghanistan has achieved a lot in world cricket in the past few years, they have managed to play in World T20 regularly since 2010, have qualified for the 50-over World Cups in 2015 and will play in the next edition as well.

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