India vs Afghanistan Test: Probable XI

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11 Jun 2018

India's probable playing XI for the one-off Test against Afghanistan

Team India will enter the history books when they welcome Afghanistan to Test cricket on June 14.

Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru will host the one-off Test.

This match will see Ajinkya Rahane lead India in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli.

With several big names in the squad, here is India's probable playing XI for this fixture.

Openers

Murali Vijay and KL Rahul

Murali Vijay and KL Rahul

Murali Vijay will be India's first choice opener and will be desperate to get some game time after being used sparingly in the IPL.

He would love to get some runs under his belt before the crucial England series.

KL Rahul is currently enjoying the form of his life and should get the nod ahead of Shikhar Dhawan.

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Middle order

Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair and Ajinkya Rahane

India will have a stable middle order with Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair and Ajinkya Rahane taking up the responsibility.

Pujara, however, struggled with his form in the County Championship and will be hoping to regain the touch before the one-off Test.

Rahane will also look to make a statement after facing severe criticism in the 2018 IPL.

Lower middle order

Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya

Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya

DK has been recalled to the Indian Test squad after Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to an injury.

The right-handed batsman is in scintillating form, and you can expect a big knock from this man.

Hardik Pandya should be the only pace all-rounder for India.

He is yet to prove his mettle in the 5-day format

Spinners

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin

There is no doubt that Ravichandran Ashwin is India's premier spinner when it comes to Test cricket.

The off-spinner has been trying new things and has added the leg-break to his arsenal.

Ravindra Jadeja is slowly falling out of favour and could use this opportunity to show his prowess in the 5-day format of the game.

Pacers

Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma

Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma

Mohammed Shami is one of India's lethal weapons with his ability to swing the ball both ways.

He is quick and picked 15 wickets against South Africa.

However, recent controversy has impacted his performance.

Ishant will be India's pace spearhead, and his pace and bounce are expected to create plenty of problems.

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Opening batsmen for Afghanistan?

Who will be the key bowlers for Afghanistan?

Will jadeja play the match?

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Opening batsmen for Afghanistan?

Asked 2018-06-13 13:44:43 by Sreenath Skn

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Mohammad Shahzad and Javed Ahmadi are the opening batsmen from Afghanistan.

Who will be the key bowlers for Afghanistan?

Asked 2018-06-13 13:44:04 by Sreenath Skn

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Afghanistan spin duo Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman would be the key bowlers for Afghanistan. Both are right now in great form and have performed wonderfully in this IPL. Given their variety and mystery, expect them to be in the wickets column.

Will jadeja play the match?

Asked 2018-06-13 13:43:19 by Sreenath Skn

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According to us, Ravindra Jadeja who is slowly falling out of favor could use this opportunity to show his prowess in the 5-day format of the game.

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