Just a week left for the iconic Test between India and Afghanistan to be held in Bengaluru. As Virat Kohli is not playing this important game, all eyes would be on Ajinkya Rahane on how he will captain the side. Indian fans are desperate to see their gentlemen in white while Afghanistan would love to make their debut Test a memorable one by winning against a champions side. Here are some of the must-watch factors:
Ashwin-Jadeja-Kuldeep vs Rashid-Nabi-Mujeeb
Well! As the game is going to be played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, the spin factor would be there ofcourse. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have been two of the best in their business when it comes to Test cricket, also Kuldeep Yadav is a rising star of Indian team but Afghanistan’s spin attack is remarkable in the form of Rashid, Nabi and Mujeeb.
Playing them in T20s is a tough task but give a thought if they bowl in Test cricket for continues 20 overs; it’s not going to be easy for Indian batting line-up. BCCI has also included one wrist spinner in the form of Kuldeep Yadav who can be crucial against the Afghan batting order.
Not to forget the pitch factor; if curator would go on to make a spin-friendly pitch, the tables can be turned around in a dramatic way. So, all to play for both the sides in this historic Test match.
Mixed support for both India and Afghanistan
Playing in India would be like a home to Afghanistan as they have been playing for a year and have huge fan base especially due to IPL. Players like Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan will get tremendous support from Indian fans. On the other hand, Bengaluru people would desperately want India to win this battle starting from June 14. So, expect a packed house at M. Chinnaswamy! Are you ready?
Which 2 openers would play out of 3?
Indian line-up include Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay for the historic Test against Afghanistan. Rahane won’t go with all three for sure; he might go for a left-right combination. Shikhar Dhawan would be the obvious choice while Murali Vijay, who is considered as a Test specialist, might get a chance ahead of KL Rahul.
On the other hand, the way Rahul batted in the IPL was tremendous but Test is completely different from T20s so Vijay would preferably be given that opening slot. Which 2 do you think can play the match?