There has already been a great fuss about the upcoming India-Afghanistan One-off Test starting from June 14. And the reason of this fuss is the world no 1 T20 spinner Rashid Khan who has created a set of benchmark for all the spinners out there. He is simply unplayable in a spinning track as per the records shows so far. In this very context, former Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput also spoke up. He has literally warned India against preparing a turning track for the upcoming one-off Test (starting June 14) against the Asian minnows at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Rajput on his opinion, as the former India opener and the current interim head coach of Zimbabwe, put Afghanistan ahead of India if there is a spinning track to play on the test. He believed that Afghanistan could be very lethal in spin favour conditions as they at least have three good spinners to trouble the Indian batting unit on spinner-friendly conditions.
And the already famous hypes which have created a brouhaha all over the world is seen to be revolving around the one-off tie-in between India and Afghanistan. On the other end, Afghanistan showing a lot of promise in limited-overs cricket over the last few years now is all set to make their Test debut in Bengaluru.
Including the world number one T20 bowler, Rashid Khan, leading the bowling attack, the visitors seemed to be a spin-heavy squad for the historic Test.
In addition to the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) leg-spinner, Kings XI Punjab teenager Mujeeb Ur Rahman, chinaman bowler Zahir Khan, left-arm spinner Amir Hamza and veteran off-spinner Mohammad Nabi are the other gubs which will also be travelling to Bengaluru.
India on the other end running at a loss as they will take up the challenge without the presence of their best batsman, Virat Kohli. The skipper Kohli got out of the Test with a shoulder injury he had picked up during the recently-concluded 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Prepare a green top: Rajput
On the other hand, India can fend off the spin threat and even finish the match inside three days if they prepare a grass-rich wicket for the Test, according to Rajput.
Rajput also believes the Indian pace bowling unit is way more superior than that of Afghanistan. It consists of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Shardul Thakur. These are better equipped to make use of seamer-friendly conditions than their Afghanistan counterparts.
“On a turning wicket, Rashid will be dangerous. If we give Afghanistan a turning wicket, we will perish, because they have at least three good spinners,” Rajput told The Times of India.
“Their fast bowling attack is comparatively much weaker. So India better goes for a ‘green top’ and unleashes their pacers to finish off the match inside three days.”