Rahane to lead India in Afghanistan's inaugural Test

Rahane to lead India in Afghanistan's inaugural Test

Rahane to lead India in Afghanistan's inaugural Test

Ravichandran Ashwin has been named in the squad for the test against Afghanistan while Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who were a travelling with the squad for the Test series in South Africa have been given some much needed rest with the selectors adding Shardul Thakur and a spinner in Kuldeep to the squad.

Clarke also backed the India skipper despite his team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faring poorly in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), stating the right-hander has been in great form.

India play England at Trent Bridge on July 12, followed by matches at Lord's two days later and Headingley on July 17 prior to a five-match Test series against the hosts.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli recently chose to skip the one-off historic Test against Afghanistan in order to play county cricket for Surrey in his bid to prepare for the upcoming England tour, which will get underway in July 2018.

The Senior Selection Committee comprising Chairman M.S.K. Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh, and India-A coach Rahul Dravid met here in the evening.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, who are now playing county cricket for Yorkshire and Sussex, were both part of the India squad, with neither of their teams in action in the week of the Test match. He said, "Except Virat, all the Test specialist are playing this match".

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During the 2014 tour, he managed just 134 runs from five Tests at a woeful average of 13.40 without crossing the 50-mark even once in the series.

Afghanistan, who became a Full Member in June previous year, will be the fourth nation to make their Test debut against India, with the other three being Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

"Had that not been the case, we would not have considered and thereafter taken this decision to allow Virat as well as some others to give them a fair opportunity of acclimatising themselves in England".

As for Kohli's replacement, India have brought in Karun Nair, who has scored a triple century in Test cricket, but last featured in the format in March 2017. It is always good that he goes there and performs well.

"There was no intention not to play him. It is only because of the English challenge which we have to rise through to the satisfaction of the entire cricket fraternity in this country and Virat wants to sustain for the right reasons", Choudhary told the mediapersons.

"Considering that you have referred to the historic nature of the Test match, any act has to be judged by the intention". The matches will be held in Dublin on June 27th and 29th.

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