DNA – With most of the Indian players coming off IPL, they are certainly not lacking in match practice.


  • More than the skills, it is the mindset that they have to get attuned to as India gear up to take on Afghanistan in the one-off Test that is a historic occasion for the newest member to the Test club.
  • Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, who will lead the side in whites for the second time after filling in for Virat Kohli in Dharamsala against Australia in 2017, said on the match eve on Wednesday here: “The team which we have is really good.
  • A couple of practice sessions in Bangalore was fantastic, after coming back from the IPL, it’s important that we train our minds rather than skills because getting back to Test cricket after T20 is all about tuning your mind rather than focussing on your skills.
  • Considering it an “honour” to be leading India in Afghanistan’s first ever Test, Rahane said he and his team will go all out to win.
  • “It’s important that in Test cricket, throughout the five days, every session matters a lot.

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