Afghanistan was granted Test status in June a year ago along with Ireland and it was soon announced that they would play their first-ever Test against the number one Test side.
Shikhar Dhawan gave Afghanistan a rude reality check on what longest format is all about as his 87-ball-century took India to a comfortable 158 for no loss at lunch on the opening day of the one-off Test here today. This was his seventh century in 29 Test matches. The Taliban, now fighting to depose Ghani's US -backed government and reimpose sharia, declined to comment on the match. "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.
"This is yet another poignant example of the everlasting friendship between India and Afghanistan", Ghani said in a statement.
"As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game". Modi said on Twitter. Mujeeb and Rashid have played in the IPL and know the Indian conditions well. "I am proud of the men who championed cricket in Afghanistan at the dawn of the century and believed in themselves that one day Afghanistan will play against the best in the world".
Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai was presented with a memento from former India all-rounder Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, before the match began.
Afghanistan, who have been forced to train in India since 2015 because of the conflict at home, have just secured a T20 series sweep over Bangladesh with teen sensation Rashid Khan now an worldwide star.
Cricket - India v Afghanistan - Afghanistan Team's Press Conference - Bengaluru, India - June 13, 2018 - Afghanistan's cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai (L) and Afghanistan's National Team Manager Shir Agha Hamkar address a news conference.
"The historic friendship and relations between India and Afghanistan go back to centuries". The people of India have shared the joys of millions of Afghans and the success of the players in tournament in India and elsewhere.
Afghanistan started its maiden five-day test match in Bengaluru on Thursday, with the match attended by top government officials from both sides.
"We are lucky that some of our best players are getting a chance to live in India and represent our nation", said an official with the Afghan Cricket Board.