History beckons Afghanistan ahead of India Test

Afghanistan is all set to take on India in its first-ever Test match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, starting, June 14.

Afghanistan's moment has finally arrived. Dressed in white flannels and blue blazers, the players turned up for a team photograph before its maiden Test match. Afghanistan takes on India in an one-off Test match at the M. Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru, starting June 14. (Photo: Shayan Acharya)
India middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has warmed up for the Test match with a county stint with Yorkshire recently. (Photo: Shayan Acharya)
All focus will be on this man. Rashid Khan, who is now world's No.1 T20I bowler would look to shine in the whites. (Photo: Shayan Acharya)
Team India will aim to avoid complacency as Afghanistan recently completed a whitewash over Bangladesh by winning the three-match T20I series in Dehradun. (Photo: Shayan Acharya)
Asghar Stanikzai will enter history books when he leads Afghanistan in its debut Test match. (Photo: Shayan Acharya)
Ahead of the historic first-ever Test against India, Afghanistan head coach Phil Simmons admitted that his players are yet to understand the rigours of five-day cricket. (Photo: AFP) Photo: AFP
Karun Nair and Ravichandran Ashwin share some thoughts during India's training session and it will be interesting to see if the Karnataka batsman gets to play at home. (Photo: K. Murali Kumar)
India head coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Ajinkya Rahane inspect the M. Chinnaswamy pitch. (Photo: K. Murali Kumar)
It will be a litmus test for young sensation Rashid Khan as bowling with the red cherry will be an entirely different ball game. (Photo: K. Murali Kumar)
Hailing from a war-torn country, Afghanistan has taken long strides to gain Test status and it will be a proud moment for the Asghar Stanikzai-led side when they walk out for its debut Test match on Thursday. (Photo: Shayan Acharya)