World cricket will have 12 Test-playing nations immediately after Ajinkya Rahane flips the coin and Asghar Stanikzai calls at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on June 14. Afghanistan will be the latest inductee, on Indian soil. The Afghan rise, from a near non-entity in the sport at the turn of the millennium to a Test-playing nation in 2018, has been nothing short of a fairytale. They have a spin attack to die for, but let us not forget the others in the line-up as well. India, despite being the top-ranked side in the world, are in for a serious contest. Here are the possible key clashes for the India vs Afghanistan Test.

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Rashid Khan (left) and Shikhar Dhawan © Getty Images

Rashid Khan vs Shikhar Dhawan: Rashid has taken the world by storm over the past few years, both for T20 franchises and Afghanistan. However, he will have to go past his SRH teammate Dhawan, who has a penchant of going after the bowling from the word go.

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Mujeeb Ur Rahman (left) © AFP and Ajinkya Rahane © Getty Images

Mujeeb Ur Rahman vs Ajinkya Rahane: The first 21st-century-born international cricketer, mystery spinner Mujeeb is already a T20 superstar. Mentored by Ashwin at KXIP, Mujeeb will nevertheless find it difficult to go past Rahane, the man pundits put on the same pedestal as Virat Kohli when it comes to Test cricket.

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Mohammad Nabi (left) and Ravichandran Ashwin © Getty Images

Mohammad Nabi vs Ravichandran Ashwin: Nabi can switch gears with ease, from constructing innings to clobbering everyone. But how will he counter Ashwin, a champion on Indian pitches? Also, how will Ashwin the batsman fare against Nabi’s off-spin?

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Umesh Yadav (left) and Mohammad Shahzad © Getty Images

Umesh Yadav vs Mohammad Shahzad: The untiring Umesh will carry the Indian pace attack in the absence of Bhuvi and Shami. But then, Umesh never seems to lose pace, despite bowling through the day. Shahzad, with his unorthodox savagery, will handle fire with fire. There is explosion on the cards…

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Ravindra Jadeja (left) and Asghar Stanikzai © Getty Images

Ravindra Jadeja vs Asghar Stanikzai: Jadeja will play on your patience and wear you down till you succumb. It will be interesting to see how the aggressive Stanikzai handles him. The duel between Stanikzai the captain and Jadeja the big hitter will also be worth a watch.