BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane received the toss and elected to bat towards Afghanistan who make their test debut in the one-off match on the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.
Led by Asghar Stanikzai, Afghanistan grow to be the 12th test taking part in nation in lower than 20 years after being recognised by International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001.
“It’s a very proud moment,” Stanikzai mentioned on the toss. “All the blokes have some first-class expertise, however our first test, clearly.
“Maybe the primary one hour will probably be a great wicket for bowling.”
The guests are taking part in two quicks in Wafadar and Yamin Ahmadzai, who will look to make full use of a grass-covered monitor in the opening session.
Rahane is main the Indian facet in the absence of normal skipper Virat Kohli, who’s recovering from a neck damage.
Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, who replaces injured Wriddhiman Saha, returns to the test set-up for the primary time since 2010.
India: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Afsar Zazai (wicketkeeper), Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty