In the India Vs Afghanistan match preview, read all you need to know about this interesting match. Afghanistan play their maiden test match against India on 14th June at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The series will be a one-off test before India take off for England where they play full fledgeded series against the English. The match holds immense importance for both the sides. While India are going with a young side who will be looking to impress in a bid to make the trip to England, Afghanistan will be looking to announce themselves on the big stage in style.
Names like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Shahzad and Mohammad Nabi are known all over the world due to their magnificent performances in the Indian Premier League. The trio will be looking to make the most of their huge experience and knowledge of Indian conditions work in their favour against the world no.1 test side. One of the biggest advantages for the minnows is their spinning department which is clearly superior than India’s. On a turning and spinning Bangalore pitch this could just end up being the difference in the final result.
For the Ajinkya Rahane lead side, it is all about showcasing their strengths and talents to the selectors. It’s important to mention in the India Vs Afghanistan match preview that the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Lokesh and Kuldeep Yadav will be intent on making the most of this golden chance and prove a point to the selection committee in a bid to strengthen their case for selection for the fabled English series.
The Indian camp saw a couple of changes in the squad take place two days before the match. Mohammed Shami and Sanju Sampson were withdrawn from the squad with the duo failing late fitness tests. The Indian team management has requested that bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Rajneesh Gurbani attend the training sessions of the Indian team and bowl in the nets.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Navdeep Saini as Mohammed Shami’s replacement in the Indian Test team for the upcoming Paytm Test against Afghanistan. The announcement came after Mohd. Shami failed to clear the fitness test at NCA, Bengaluru,” the BCCI release stated. The BCCI also said that keeper-batsman Sanju Samson has also failed his fitness test and was replaced by former India U-19 captain Ishan Kishan.
India Squad: Ajinkya Rahane(c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Navdeep Saini
Afghanistan Squad: Asghar Stanikzai(c), 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, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
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