In being bowled out for 109 and 103 in their maiden Test vs Indian cricket team, it is not Afghanistan who failed world cricket, but cricket failed in its duty of care to the team. If the loss wasn't embarrassing enough, the fact that the Indian bowlers cleaned them up twice in a single day added further insult to the injury.
Rahane: "As a Test team, they will improve the more they play".
"Test cricket is lot about attitude and patience and as I mentioned, with that bowling they can damage any team".
"It was just the beginning for them", opposing captain Ajinkya Rahane said. It was some much-needed time in the middle for the opener after warming the bench during the IPL. It was the first time a Test had finished so quickly on the subcontinent.
Their batting is still not up to Test standard but India's stand-in skipper expected that things will get better. "It is always an honour to lead your country and we wanted to be ruthless", said Rahane, who captained India in regular skipper Virat Kohli's absence.
One could perhaps get away with faltering on these three fronts in limited-overs cricket, and even that only to a certain degree in this day and age, but when it comes to the longest format, weak teams are given five days to be found out. It is more about the manner of losing. Afghanistan would have learnt more, given a better account of themselves and built up useful experience had they played Zimbabwe or Bangladesh before slowly working their way up the ladder.
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"It's a mountain to climb". While he bagged four in the first innings, his dismissal of Asghar Stanikzai in the first innings is stuff legends are made of. Mohammad Nabi was the top scorer for the visiting side with 24.
The innings total of 109 was the lowest in a test at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, eclipsing the 112 by Australia in 2017. It was only a not out innings of 36 by Shahidi that saw the visitors get past the 100 run mark and saved them the blushes of getting bowled out at the two-digit mark. Between 2011 and 2014, Afghanistan even managed to shed their Affiliate status and become an Associate member. Thinking and visualising as batsmen about how they are going to play against each opponent.
Dhawan hit 19 fours and three sixes as he set about the Afghan bowlers including spin sensation Rashid Khan, smashing three boundaries in the teenager's opening over to bring up his 50.
It would be better for India to prepare a seaming track as their fast bowlers are much better and more experienced than the visitors.
However, Pandya made a decision to attack after Ashwin's departure as he hit a flurry of boundaries in Ravindra Jadeja's (20) company. Had it been a dustbowl, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman could have been deadly. In their first Test, they lost all 20 wickets in under 67 overs. "We have a lot of time.to work on our weakness", Stanikzai said. This is India's biggest ever innings victory in Test matches.