Twitter Reactions: Afghanistan get the first taste of Test cricket


As Dhawan was looking in good touch, the left-handed batsman started hammering the Afghanistan bowlers, be it pacers or spinners. "Its a matter of great pride and enormous pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match with India".

June 14 will be regarded as a historic day in the history of the war-ravaged country and people would take pride in whatever they have achieved on the cricketing arena.

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was welcomed by India's Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, also India's first individual silver medal victor at the Olympics, who, between speeches, couldn't resist having a swing with Shikhar Dhawan's bat.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday he hoped a historic cricket match between India and Afghanistan would strengthen ties between the South Asian neighbours and allies in the fight against militancy in the region.

Dhawan's century came off just 88 balls and was punctuated with 19 fours and three sixes.

During the course, the 32-year-old not only got to his seventh Test ton, but also became the sixth player to do so before lunch on the opening day of a Test.

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Dhawan's early battles with Afghanistan's premier bowler Rashid Khan, was one in which there was only one victor. "But the key is to be watchful and take it as it comes". Afghanistan, who have fast established itself as a force to reckon with in the shorter formats, will become the 12th side to feature in men's Test cricket after Ireland debuted against Pakistan last month.

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai was presented with a memento from former India all-rounder Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, before the match began. India elected to bat first as the stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss. "In Afghanistan, the brilliant thing is that a lot of the young talent that is coming through is spinners because they all follow Rashid, they follow Nabi, so because of that our spin department is very strong from below". Hardik Pandya was 10 not out and Ravichandran Ashwin was on seven.

Afghanistan playing 11: Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Afsar Zazai (wk), Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

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