India is all set to host their neighbours Afghanistan for their first ever test. Afghanistan is the latest entrant into the test playing nations and they will play their inaugural test against India at Bengaluru, starting from 14th June.
This will be the only game team India will play before heading to their vital tour of England for 2 and half months. Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is suffering from the neck injury, has been given the rest for the upcoming tour of England. In his absence, Ajinkya Rahane will lead Team India in this historic test. Ajinkya Rahane like many of his teammates have played in IPL. According to Rahane, the main focus of the team is to tune their minds for test format from T20s.
It is all about making a change in the mindsets, says Ajinkya Rahane
As per reports in Cricbuzz, Indian stand-in skipper for the test match against Afghanistan Rahane says the main focus of the team is to change the mindset from T20 to Test cricket. “Over the last three days, the focus has been on tuning our minds, especially because we’re coming in after two months of the IPL. Skill-wise it won’t make a difference, but our attitude towards training matters if you have to make a quick switch in terms of our mindset from T20s to Test cricket”, says Ajinkya Rahane.
Ajinky Rahane further adds that Team India will not, even for a moment, take their opponents lightly. “Our attitude will remain the same on the field. It’s important because every Test counts. We don’t want to take anyone lightly, but we’re lucky to be part of this historic first Test. It will be a great experience – we’re all excited – but our focus will be on how to win”, further quotes Rahane.
The lone Test match between India and Afghanistan is surely the beginning of new chapter in the cricket history of Afghanistan. Afghanistan in recent times has emerged as one of the promising nations to play the game of cricket. They are riding high on the success of their spin bowlers like Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and others who have been clinical in Afghanistan’s recent 3-0 T20 series triumph over Bangladesh.