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It is a historic moment for Afghanistan as they would now become the 12th nation to play Test cricket. The team has gelled well together after playing so many matches over the years and share a special camaraderie.

"I congratulate the Board of Cricket Control in India and the Afghanistan Cricket Board for organising this historic Test match". They played like a higher ranked side against the World number 10 T20I team and thumped them with authority. He understands the game but at the same time can make things amusing so that anyone doesn't take it seriously.

The hapless bowlers struggled with the "Test match length", especially the spinners who are used to ball flat and quick.

"This is yet another poignant example of the everlasting friendship between India and Afghanistan", Ghani said in a statement. "Not only are they competing in shorter formats but are also winning series", Karthik appreciated Afghanistan's team.

Despite praising the nascent achievements of Afghanistan as an global 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.

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Cricket - India v Afghanistan - Afghanistan Team's Press Conference - Bengaluru, India - June 13, 2018 - Afghanistan's cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai (L) and Afghanistan's National Team Manager Shir Agha Hamkar address a news conference.

New Delhi enjoys close relations with Afghanistan and both accuse common neighbour Pakistan of not doing enough to stop Islamist militants operating on its territory.

"Today cricket is unifying force for the people of Afghanistan, India takes pride in being shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghanistan in this journey", the message read.

Last month, eight people were killed and dozens were wounded by multiple explosions at a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, illustrating the difficulties the country has faced in developing sports.

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