Rashid Khan © AFP
Rashid Khan © AFP

Afghanistan managed to bowl out India for 474 on Day Two on their Test debut, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Prior to the match, Asghar Stanikzai had made a strong statement claiming the Afghan spinners to be better than their Indian counterparts. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran (also called Mujeeb Ur Rahman) have done wonders for the team in the limited-overs formats. However, it seems it will take them time to adapt to Test cricket.

Rashid conceded 13 runs off his first over. He was counterattacked by his Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) teammate Shikhar Dhawan in the first session of the Test. He became the most expensive bowler in an innings in a team’s inaugural Test match conceding 154 runs in his 34.5 overs. It was in the final session of Day One when he dismissed Ajinkya Rahane to boost his confidence. However, Hardik Pandya also targeted him in the first session on Day 2.

Rashid managed to pick up 2 wickets, of Rahane and the final wicket, of Ishant Sharma. This dubious record was held by Amir Elahi of Pakistan, against India in Delhi in 1952-53. Elahi had conceded 134.