Hindustan Times – A handful of Afghan fans, mostly students, were at hand to witness their team make its Test debut against India in Bangalore on Thursday.


  • Cricket has grown in popularity in Afghanistan and is now competing or is ahead of even football with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also having die hard fan following.
  • READ | Shikhar Dhawan cashes in on friendly foe Rashid Khan after record ton“If we see the field of cricket, then the most popular player is Virat Kohli; but if we see the field of football, the most popular players are Messi and Ronaldo.
  • But because cricket is more popular than football, clearly Kohli is more popular than Messi or Ronaldo.
  • READ | We were excited, nervous at the start: Afghanistan pacer Yamin Ahmadzai“There is a great deal of love for cricket in our country.
  • But overall in world cricket, we are fans of Kohli, and I also love Kohli,” he said.

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