Team India has already started preparations for the One-off Test against Afghanistan. They have gathered at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru on Saturday (June 09) morning.
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As per reports, it is being learnt that the first couple of days have been kept for physical tests. The net sessions are scheduled to start on Monday (June 11).
At the moment, the weather in Bengaluru is very pleasant and the players are surprised with the cool weather.
However, due to persistent showers, the groundsmen struggled to provide good pitches for the practice session and also for the Test itself.
Well, it has been continuously raining in Bengaluru for the last few days. It has affected pitch preparations quite severely.
The pitch is expected to be a seam-friendly wicket especially given the fact Afghanistan team has some top class spinners in their ranks.
In the form of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi, they have some terrific spinners.
Pertinently, the spin trio have the ability to dismantle top class batting line-ups.
India, on the other hand, will be without the services of their regular skipper Virat Kohli, who is still nursing a neck injury.
Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in his absence. It will be a sort of a preparation for India as they tour England in a month’s time.
Despite this being Afghanistan’s debut Test, they have a pretty settled side and can surely pose a threat or two to the hosts.
Afghanistan has some impressive batters too to back their bowlers:
Even in the batting department, Afghanistan boasts of some impressive batsmen in the form of Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, and Mohammad Shahzad.
Shahzad has the ability to play the long innings. His highest score of 214 in the first-class circuit is a proof of that.
Stanikzai is also a resolute middle order batsman and can give a headache or two to India.