IND vs AFG 2018: Shikhar Dhawan Creates History in Afghanistan's Debut Test

India vs Afghanistan Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virender Sehwag’s record

"We thank India and BCCI for their role in the development in Afghanistan cricket, and for organizing this match, and also request other Test-playing nations to organize Test series against Afghanistan".

After the one-off Afghanistan Test match, Rahane has nothing to look forward to as he has been dropped from the limited-overs side which is going to United Kingdom first.

Undoubtedly, the first session belonged to the hosts, with the Afghans' Test cricket debut starting with a nightmare.

Afghanistan, who have been forced to train in India since 2015 because of the conflict at home, have just secured a T20 series sweep over Bangladesh with teen sensation Rashid Khan now an worldwide star.

The debutants will hope for a turnaround in the second session, and will hope to put on an improved show.

On Thursday, on the first day of the Test in Bengaluru, Shikhar Dhawan made a mockery of any such claim.

FIFTY! Shikhar Dhawan gets to his sixth Test fifty with a four! Many argued that India was making a mistake by taking the visitors lightly and fielding a weakened XI. The Afghanistan skipper had said that his team has better spinners - Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and Hamza Hotak - than India, who have the likes of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav in their ranks.

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On the eve of the historic match, Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai said his team faced sky-high expectations at home.

India will not have Kohli by their side, and will instead witness the return of wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik and Karun Nair and new inclusions in Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini.

The match between India and Afghanistan is labelled to be a historic one.

"I congratulate the Board of Cricket Control in India and the Afghanistan Cricket Board for organising this historic Test match".

On the other hand, Indian batsmen have played well against spinners.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, will have Mohammad Shahzad, who will lead their batting charge against the Indian attack.

Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket that had a tinge of grass.

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