Ajinkya Rahane's warm gesture after India-Afghanistan Test wins hearts

Virender Sehwag Ecstatic as another Rahul comes to bat at number three for India

Virender Sehwag Ecstatic as another Rahul comes to bat at number three for India

Whole Afghanistan team were bowled twice on Friday, the fourth instance of such in a day in Tests. "You can play as many four days matches, but facing number one team in the world has showed in a big way how competent Test cricket is", he said.

Afghanistan have a long way to go before they can challenge the leading test nations and the best way to bridge the gap is to play regularly against their "A" teams, coach Phil Simmons said after the team's deflating long-form debut against India.

World Champions India beat debutants Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs in the one-off test being played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. If India, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, were serious about helping Afghanistan, they would have offered the visiting team a few matches against domestic teams.

India pushed on from an overnight score of 347-6 to reach 474, a total Afghanistan never looked like threatening.

After the ceremony, India were handed the trophy and as the shutterbugs got ready to click pictures, Rahane called on the visitors to pose with trophy along with them.

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The man who led Team India in the historic Test against Afghanistan, the deputy to Virat Kohli in the whites Ajinkya Rahane hasn't had the best of times in worldwide cricket of late. Even given their climb up the ranks in Twenty20 and 50-over cricket, Afghanistan's first Test match should not have been against the No. 1 ranked team. I think he was a bit anxious, like they all were, that they have arrived at Test cricket.

"As a cricket fan I salute you all for bringing Afghanistan great pride", Jamal Sahar Kanwal from the eastern city of Jalalabad wrote on Facebook.

For Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi (24) was the highest scorer. Afghanistan were bundled out for 103 runs in the first innings. Ravindra Jadeja bagged 4 for 17 while Umesh Yadav 3/26. Hashmatullah Shahidi (36 not out) and captain Asghar Stanikzai (25) put on 37 runs for the fifth wicket. However, he has seen this team learn a lot, and expected them to get to it. "Disappointed with the batting, but it is good for the future".

Pandya, who had resumed on 10, hit 10 boundaries to boost India's score but after he was caught off a Wafadar delivery, Ishant Sharma was trapped lbw by Rashid Khan to end an impressive innings from the superior hosts.

India next shift their focus to the England tour, as they begin their preparations with a short trip to Ireland later this month.

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