Rahane to skipper India in one-off Afghanistan Test

Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian team in Virat Kohli's absence

Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian team in Virat Kohli's absence

While regular skipper Virat Kohli will be in England playing county cricket, his deputy Rahane has been handed the mantle of the side against Test debutants Afghanistan. Or, in varieties of that point of view, whether he should be allowed to skip a Test match involving his country to go and play for a county.

India will then play England in three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and T-20Is and five Tests, with a chance to exact some revenge after their failures in the 2014 tour, where despite taking the lead at Lords in the five-match Test series India succumbed to a 3-1 bashing.

"So essentially the impression which might have gone around is wrong and our focus remains Test cricket".

He batted for Kohli's idea of getting ready for England by playing County cricket.

It is a reality of worldwide schedules as they stand that there isn't enough room for everyone to be available to play every opponent, every time.

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As the BCCI selectors met in Bengaluru to pick up various squads for six different occasions, including two T20I squads to face Ireland and England and ODI outfit to face England, it was quite evident that their yardstick to pick right choices was only restricted to 20-over format of the Indian Premier League.

Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in Virat Kohli's absence in next month's one-off Test against Afghanistan, it was announced here on Tuesday. The best batsman in the side giving himself the best chance to succeed in England, or playing in one Test against Afghanistan?

THE SQUADS For Afghanistan Test: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohd Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur. That is exactly what Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri and all of India will be thinking.... At night there is no spin, there is moisture and bit more movement. The selectors didn't experiment with any of the limited overs squad, with senior batsman Rayudu making a comeback in the wake of some good performances. To represent your country is the most special thing in the world. When that series began, the biggest question over the Indian ODI side was the No. 4 spot. When the ICC announced World T20 tournaments every two years recently, ardent Test fans looked at it in a negative manner, thinking that the global body is pushing the shortest format despite claims of safeguarding Test cricket.

"Definitely it's fantastic preparation and it shows his determination and how hungry he is to perform individually and how much he wants India to be successful".

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