IND VS AFG: Only Test | Preview, Team News & Top Funtasy11 Picks

IND VS AFG – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the Only Test between India and Afghanistan.

History beckons as Afghanistan are all set to become the 12th Test playing nation when they face mighty India in the one-off Test at Bengaluru on 14 June. After a resounding run in the limited overs format, Test cricket awaits the magic of Rashid Khan & Co. in front of a rather experienced Indian side.

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India Team News

Just to give you a reminder, India’s regular sipper Virat Kohli has been rested for the Test and Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side in his absence. Besides, it’s time for KL Rahul to showcase his credentials in Test cricket, having shown form recently in the recently concluded IPL.

In the latest update, Mohammed Shami was dropped from the side after failing the fitness Test, while fast bowler Navdeep Saini has been termed as his replacement. Earlier Dinesh Karthik replaced injured Wriddhiman Saha as the only genuine wicket keeper in the squad.

While the fast bowling artillery also includes Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya and the newest member Shardul Thakur, the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been left out to give the two some rest.

Squad: Ajinkya Rahane(c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Navdeep Saini 

Afghanistan Team News

Explosive opener Mohammad Shahzad will be pivotal to Afghanistan’s batting line up first up along with skipper Asghar Stanikzai.

Needless to say, it is the trio of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman which will be crucial for the team on Bengaluru’s spin-friendly track.

Besides, two uncapped players have earned their Test call-up – Zahir Khan, the spinner who was picked up by Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018 and 18-year-old pacer Wafadar, who has played just three first-class matches.

Squad: Asghar Stanikzai(c), Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza, Sayed Shirzad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Top Funtasy Picks

India: KL Rahul – All eyes will be on the Karnataka batman after he took the IPL by storm with his blazing knocks for Kings XI Punjab.

Afghanistan: Rashid Khan – The young Afghan sensation needs no introduction when it comes to the limited overs format. It remains to be seen if he can master his craft in the longest format as well.   

Punt Pick: Karun Nair – The middle order batsman had an average season in the recently concluded IPL. But it was only a year and a half ago when Karun flipped the record books by smashing a riveting triple hundred against England. He may be a value pick for the upcoming Test.

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