So, are you ready for this big contest? India are set to host a big game against Afghanistan on Thursday at Bengaluru. This would be Afghanistan’s first-ever Test and they would like to dominate against the top team India with the help of their spinners. So, just before the all-important game, let’s take a look at their strengths and weaknesses:
Solid batting – All the Test specialists are back in the squad in the form of Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay etc. who can dominate in the game in front of their quality spin attack. Vijay & Pujara would like to score big in this game to get some confidence ahead of the much-important tour of England.
Spin trio – Wait! It’s not only Afghanistan who are well-settled in their spin department but India too are capable of getting those 20 wickets within 3 days. With the superb attack including Ashwin, Jadeja and Kuldeep, India would be confident of taking those crucial wickets at the earliest.
Absence of Virat Kohli – India might be strong on papers but they are going to miss their prime skipper Virat Kohli. Though Rahane is capable of leading the side, Kohli’s absence could hurt the hosts if some unexpected happens in the Test match.
Too much spin – Just like the trio of India, they are also having their three of the best spinners in the squad in the form of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. It won’t be wrong if we say that they can bowl better than the Indian spinners in their debut Test match.
In form team – They have just won the series against Bangladesh few days ago and that victory would really help them to dominate against India in this one-off Test. The whitewash against Bangladesh was one of their best series so far. They would like to continue their winning momentum in this Test match.
Inexperience in Test cricket – Afghanistan are playing their first-ever Test and too against the champions. It won’t be easy for them to beat them in India. Well, inexperience is not their fault as they need to start from somewhere to become a better team.
Cricwizz Prediction – India are favourites to win this match if they can tackle Rashid Khan and other spinners well.
Who will win?
- Afghanistan (61%, 153 Votes)
- India (39%, 96 Votes)
Total Voters: 249