Despite praising the nascent achievements of Afghanistan as an worldwide cricket team, Karthik has stated that Indian spinners will be a lot more experienced than their counterparts and have the ability to change the course of the game. First time users, however, will have to register to catch the action.
"I am very sure that they (Afghanistan) would be better bowlers by the start of the next Test match than what they are now", Karthik said. "If I were an Afghan cricketer, I would like to see this as an opportunity".
Call it irony, Dhawan stepped out to hit straight sixes off Afghanistan's three IPL participants - Rashid, Mohammed Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahaman with effortless ease.
The debutants will hope for a turnaround in the second session, and will hope to put on an improved show. Rashid Khan's delivery goes in vain as the ball races towards the boundary at deep mid-wicket. Many argued that India was making a mistake by taking the visitors lightly and fielding a weakened XI. There was a faint edge and remember, they had appealed for the caught behind.More news: Martial wants out of Old Trafford
"The whole world knows that (we have good spinners like) Rashid Khan, Mujeeb, Nabi, Rahmat Shah, Zahir Khan", Stanikzai was quoted as saying by ESPN. India and Dhawan won't mind this though with fifty up in eleven overs.
Karun Nair, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav and Navdeep Saini could not make it to India's playing XI as KL Rahul set to bat in the middle order with all the three openers are in the team.
Incidentally Dhawan became the first ever Indian batsman to score a century in the first session of a Test match joining the illustrious ranks of Sir Don Bradman, Victor Trumper, Majid Khan, David Warner.
"Its a matter of great pride and huge pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match with India".More news: U.S. committed to 'complete, verifiable and irreversible' North Korea denuclearisation: Pompeo
"I congratulate the Board of Cricket Control in India and the Afghanistan Cricket Board for organising this historic Test match".
Afghanistan, meanwhile, will have Mohammad Shahzad, who will lead their batting charge against the Indian attack.
Writing in his column for TOI, the former Indian captain wrote that the Test is a big game for Rahane as he is out of the ODI team for the England tour, which Ganguly felt was unfortunate.More news: US, Mexico, Canada embark on World Cup history with winning bid