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Kabul [Afghanistan], June 11 (ANI): Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai has acknowledged that his facet have gotten higher spinners than India as the previous workforce put together for his or her historic maiden Take a look at match on the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday.
Teen sensation Rashid and fellow spinners Mujeeb ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and Hamza Hotak have been named within the 16-member Afghanistan squad for the inaugural one-off Take a look at match towards India.
India, however, shall be with out their star skipper Virat Kohli, who determined to skip the historic Take a look at for his maiden English county stint however was later sidelined with neck harm.
In Kohli’s absence, India are most definitely to name up their star spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, the world’s fourth and fifth-ranked Take a look at bowlers respectively.
Nevertheless, Stanikzai backed his facet’s spinners saying that Rashid Khan and the opposite are stronger than the Indian spinners.
“The entire world is aware of that [we have very good spinners in] Rashid Khan, Mujeeb [Ur Rahman], [Mohammad] Nabi, Rahmat [Shah], Zahir [Khan],” ESPNcricinfo quoted Stanikzai, as saying.
“In Afghanistan, the sensible factor is that a number of the younger expertise that’s coming by way of are spinners, as a result of all of them comply with Rashid, they comply with Nabi, so due to that our spin division could be very robust from beneath. In my view, we now have good spinners, higher spinners than India,” he mentioned.
Rashid had a profitable stint within the recently-concluded 11th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the place he completed with a complete of 21 wickets for runner-ups Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Whereas Rahman can also be coming off from his profitable stint within the cash-rich league the place he bagged 14 scalps for Kings XI Punjab, left-arm wrist spinner Zahir has been known as in after recovering totally from a finger harm.
Left-arm off-spinner Hamza, however, appears to have gotten the nod within the wake of his spectacular efficiency within the home First Class Event.
And wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad additionally admitted that Afghanistan‘s spinners, notably Rashid – who’s at the moment ranked primary and quantity two in T20Is and ODIs respectively – are nearly as good as another spinners on the planet and may push India onerous in Bengaluru.
“Not simply India, however even for those who take a look at the entire world, our Rashid Khan is the No. 1 spinner. You may match him up towards any bowler, and you will say, ‘sure, he is higher than him’, or ‘he is nearly as good as him’. Mujeeb, Rashid, Nabi we even have Zahir Khan, who did not get to play for Rajasthan [Royals], however he is additionally one such bowler – you may see subsequent yr [in the IPL], so Alhamdulillah we now have superb spinners,” Shahzad mentioned.
Afghanistan will turn out to be simply the 12th nation to play Take a look at cricket once they tackle India in Bengaluru from Thursday. (ANI)

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