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"It achieved the Test playing status previous year".

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 past year.

"In my opinion we have better spinners than India", Stanikzai told Indian media, highlighting the likes of Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah and Zahir Khan.

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who was named in the Indian Test squad as a replacement for Wriddhiman Saha, has lauded Afghanistan's inspirational journey as the latter team prepare to play their historic match in the longest format of the game.

But growing up in a tough environment where such militant attacks were common did not deter spin sensation Khan.

In March, the teenager became the fastest bowler to reach 100 one-day global wickets, and is now the world s top-ranked Twenty20 bowler.

That Afghanistan have no idea how hard it can get could be gauged from their skipper Asghar Stanikzai's pompous claims that his spinners are better than the home team.

"I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first worldwide test match".

Afghanistan might be newcomers but Rahane emphasised on the need to be "ruthless" against a Test side even if it's making a debut on the big stage.

Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan right performs stretching exercises with teammates during a training session ahead of one-off test match against India in Bangalore India Wednesday
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As Afghanistan's inaugural Test against India draws near, the disquiet within the Indian camp and the confidence within the visiting contingent grows. The Test might be of massive significance to Afghanistan, being their first and all, but to India this is more of a chance to give their Test regulars a chance to get some game-time before leaving for the much-hyped series in England.

"Its a matter of great pride and enormous pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match with India". 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 also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.

"We are not going to take Afghanistan lightly". Overall, he's the sixth batsman in history to achieve this feat.

Mohammad Nabi: This player had phenomenal first class cricket.

"We all know the stats but we don't focus on them".

The hapless bowlers struggled during the first two sessions as they were not able to hit the correct "Test match length", especially the spinners, who are used to bowling flat and quick.

While Afghanistan´s successes so far have come in short formats of cricket, they must now prove they can stand the physical and mental challenge of a five-day match.

India, on the other hand, are most likely to call up their star spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, the world's fourth and fifth-ranked Test bowlers respectively.

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