The Historic first was truly a historic one. India outplayed visitors Afghanistan in each and every department and won the game by an innings and 262 runs. This win is also India’s biggest win ever.
Afghanistan looked disappointed after the loss, to this former captain Saurav Ganguly has shown them the way and talked in an optimistic manner, which can also help the country grow as a cricketing nation.
The former southpaw expressed what was expected out of the match between the two neighbors, he stated that “No surprises were thrown up at the Chinnaswamy Stadium but at the same time not many expected that the India-Afghanistan Test match would get over in just two days. “
“The Afghan boys shouldn’t worry about how long the Test lasted but should rewind the entire two days to realize what they need to do to get better in the longer format of the game,”
Every team is tested in their initial days and we all know that Test cricket is no child’s play. On this Ganguly stated that “This has happened with many other teams. When Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe were inducted into test cricket, their initial days were also sketchy. It is with time that they got better. Afghanistan, and for that matter the other new entrant, Ireland, will have to be given more time to understand and come to terms with the demands of the longest format of the game. With time they will learn.”
In the first innings India made a strong 474 but in reply they got Afghanistan out twice in a single day for 109 and 103 respectively. According to Dada, Afghanistan were in T20 mode and they failed to decode the strong Indian bowling.
“The Afghans were still in T20 mode and the lack of footwork was pretty apparent when they played pace bowling, Umesh Yadav bowled good pace and it did put doubts in the batters’ minds. Test cricket is about patience and proper shot selection. As much as solid shots, judgment outside the off stump and letting deliveries go is very important to succeed and with the course of time and proper coaching they will learn. “
He also expressed that a strong domestic structure will help them get stronger quickly.