Indian stand-in skipper said that this test match proved that openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murlai Vijay were in good form after the IPL and the bowlers bowled in a manner what is expected of them to bowl in a test match. Test cricket is about creating those situations even if you are batting in the nets.
It was a dream 17 years in the making, after Afghanistan's initiation as an International Cricket Council affiliate member back in. It wasn't a hurried decision to include them in this format, like it was in case of Bangladesh.
In the more daunting Test series against England, this kind of collapse - from 318/5, after being 280/1 - may not be easy to recover from.
"Before we had not played a test match". Rahane has always played his cricket that way.
In this way, Team India won the match with 262 runs.
Even in the absence of Captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Jasprint Bumrah, India are the favourites. But this was a Test played in the best of spirits throughout - in the spirit of friendship. It was just a beginning, for them. And the only way forward to do so is to introduce a tier system in Tests to save the game from further decline and decay.
Courtesy Pandya's third half-century in Test cricket, India added 127 runs during the first session of the second day as Afghanistan skipper Ashgar Stanikzai didn't take the second new ball during the 104.5 overs.
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There can be systems of promotion and relegation as is followed in football and tennis which can only make it competitive.
"Their players were asking Indian players, their willingness to learn could be seen, they wanted to know what they need to learn to do well in Tests".
The global cricket monitors are, unfortunately, walking in the opposite direction by allowing more and more quantity instead of emphasising on quality.
Their struggles and triumphs have justifiably been romanticised and one can say that the Afghanistan team found a lot more support among cricket fans across the world when they took the field than underdogs usually enjoy. They also beat West Indies in the final group match of the tournament. But few teams have been as ill-prepared for the rigours of the game.
In Test (that is why it is called Test), the short-term planning and preparation as well the execution don't work.
If Mohammad Nabi showed the merits of patience in the first innings, it was Hashmatullah Shahidi in the second innings who put up some fight with an unbeaten 36 off 88 balls. Yes, the same men who stood with their chest out and tears in their eyes during the anthem on occasion of their first Test.