Being at the home ground, the Indian team will feel comfortable. India has not played a test match in five months and players could be a little rusty. Nonetheless, inclusion of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma and Murali Vijay will help the team immense.
On the other hand, Afghanistan is a new entrant to the big league. Its players will be excited to play the one and only test match against India. Let’s not forget that Afghanistan is now a full member of the ICC after winning the Intercontinental Cup. Also, it has some good bowlers and batsmen. So, India should not take the match lightly.
The M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore has witnessed some of the best matches in the cricket history. Due to heavy rains, the BCCI decided to choose Bangalore as the best place to host this historic match between India and Afghanistan.
Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the Indian team which includes Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya and others.
Asghar Stanikzai will be captaining the Afghanistan team. In addition, the team has the services of Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza, Sayed Shirzad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Indian team is currently the best cricket team when it comes to test matches. It would be difficult for Afghan cricket team to beat the Indians in this test match. Here are some reasons India will win the only test match against Afghanistan:
Advantage of home ground
Shikhar Dhawan’s power to destroy the bowling lineup
Kuldeep’s bowling skills can unsettle and dismantle any batting line up at present
Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy will surely make a huge difference
Shikhar and Rahane’s opening partnership will lead to large score
Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Shardul Thakur will perform well in the match