"We have had a couple of practice sessions in Bangalore and it was fantastic".
Come Thursday, cricketing history will be made when the Indian national side takes on Afghanistan's newly put-together team in their first Test match after the latter gained Test playing nation status previous year.
"I didn't know that I had achieved that feat until I was back in the dressing room (during lunch)", Dhawan said.
The match-up of Afghan spinners versus Indian spinners has been talked up and it remains to be seen if leg spin star Rashid Khan and company can rattle India.
Seasoned opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed a quickfire century to help India pile 158/0 at lunch in the lop-sided opening session on day 1 of the one-off Test against debutants Afghanistan here on Thursday.
Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland past year, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognised by the ICC in 2001. Afghanistan debuted in one-day cricket in 2009.
"But our efforts against India will be to play good cricket so that people enjoy the game".
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With the five goals against the Saudis, a draw could be enough against either of its two remaining opponents. Another substitute, Artem Dzyuba , came straight off the bench to head home a goal off his first touch.
While the statement created quite a stir in the cricketing fraternity, India's stumper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik, has shot back saying that the host team has a lot of experience-something that matters the most in Test cricket. Whether they possess the temperament and grit to play through a spell of Ashwin or Jadeja would remain the big question for Afghanistan as they head to Bengaluru. They have a decent team. bowlers [are good].
Dhawan bludgeoned the rookie Afghan bowlers into submission with a power-packed unbeaten 104 (91 balls) while Murali Vijay (41 no off 72 balls) held one end up with the home team and laid the foundation for what promises to be a mammoth first innings total.
Here we take a look at the factors working in favour of Afghanistan ahead of their inaugural Test.
It also reached the Super Ten stage in the World T20 in 20016 and beat eventual champions West Indies in a league match. It's like any other test match for us.
While majority of the sports fans, in soul and spirit, will be in Russian Federation enjoying the surreal skills of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the eternal cricket romantic will try to derive his little pleasures of life watching Rashid Khan trying to hurry Shikhar Dhawan with a flipper or bowl a googly to Ajinkya Rahane. We all know the stats but we don't want to focus on the stats.
For Afghanistan, it will be a battle of attrition that they have never ever faced before. Afghanistan further have two quality spinners in Mohammad Nabi and Zahir Khan, both of whom were part of the IPL this year.
Khan was one of a handful of Afghan players in this year s Indian Premier League and proved one of its most unsafe bowlers.
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