Afghanistan Test squad: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Jannat, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Hamza Hotak, Syed Ahmad Sherzad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar Momand, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
India have been Afghanistan's close allies and the BCCI has shown magnanimity in opening their stadiums so that the national team can practice.
The one-off test match is considered as a historic match since this will be Afghanistan's maiden test match after obtaining the test status from ICC. The team will be captained by Ajinkya Rahane in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli. The team which we have is really good. "We will be ruthless", a smiling Rahane said. "When I played with them (Afghanistan) in Ireland, it was a little more greener than this and it still turned", he said.
Speaking about the upcoming series he said: "As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game. 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 said. "Every team feels they are much better, but on that given day it is important what your mindset is and how you handle pressure", he said. Mujeeb and Rashid have played in the IPL and know the Indian conditions well.
India also have a couple of new players in their squad, which will make Rahane's task of fielding the right combination a bit hard.
In the bowling department, India have the star spinning trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav along with pacers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur. "They enjoy bowling with each other", Rahane said. He has not played Test cricket.
Rahane said it would be an "honour" for every Indian player to be part of the match and acknowledged Afghanistan's big moment on the cricket field. "Over the last three days, the focus has been on tuning our minds, especially because we're coming in after two months of the IPL", said Rahane.
What time does India vs Afghanistan one-off Test match begin? "We are happy to be here and playing India, Virat is not India".
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