Shami replaced by uncapped Saini in India squad

Afghanistan tour of india

Afghanistan tour of india

Shami failed to clear the fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and that paved the way for the Delhi pacer's inclusion in the team for the match which begins on June 14.

India are without regular captain and second-ranked Virat Kohli for this Test but the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara (sixth), Rahane (18th) and opener Lokesh Rahul (19th) in batting and former top-ranked spinners Ravindra Jadeja (fourth) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth) among bowlers will be looking to improve their positions on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.

Afghan spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran have been talked up highly ahead of the game with expectations that they will carry their stellar T20 form into five-day cricket.

He termed Afghanistan skipper Stanikzai's statement that their spinners are better than India's as "massive".

"I am very happy to make a comeback in the Test squad".

"Both Rashid and Mujeeb are extremely talented and if they get it right they are certainly capable of testing".

These spin resources, according to wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, would help Afghanistan push India hard in Bengaluru.

"It can definitely happen", Shahzad said.

"The whole world knows that (we have good spinners like) Rashid Khan, Mujeeb, Nabi, Rahmat (Shah), Zahir (Khan)", Stanikzai was quoted as saying by espn. "It's a historic moment for them and an opportunity for us to be part of the occasion". It won't be easy for either team. As a bowler, you can try out all your variations. "If I can play such a knock again it's obviously good, but I am only looking to perform and win games for the team".

"The idea is to put in the work now and be ready for the end of July Championship game against Yorkshire and then get through the five Test matches if possible", he said. I love Test cricket because it's the ultimate test of a cricketer and I am thrilled to be finally playing a Test.

Afghanistan, who have fast established themselves as a force to reckon with in the shorter formats, will become the 12th side to figure in men's Test cricket after Ireland debuted against Pakistan last month. So it's a new frontier for him. "I'm sure he will conquer it, but whether he will conquer it in the first game, we'll have to see", he said.

Having been his team-mate in both global cricket and the IPL, Nabi summed up what made Rashid stand out from other legspinners, and why he might give India some problems when he dons Test-match whites for the first time.

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