The World number one, India overwhelmed Afghanistan in the inaugural Test match on Friday as they thrashed the visitors by an innings and 262 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
It took just two sessions for India to demolish Afghanistan in the latter's Test debut.
When India captain Ajinkya Rahane invited Afghanistan's players to join his side for a team photo after inflicting the biggest ever defeat on a Test debutant, it was clear that the cricket world was feeling for the new boys.
After team India's sweet gesture towards the young Afghan team, social media was all praise for the "beautiful" gesture.
Back then, they only made it through 50 overs with luck.
Skipper Asghar Stanikzai knuckled down to score 25 before he was bowled by Jadeja (4-17), who also picked off Afsar Zazai and Rashid Khan (12) cheaply. That's the best way to close the gap.
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Ireland are the side Afghanistan have measured themselves against for much of the past decade.
"Not really", Rahane said when asked if he expected the match to end this early.
Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons said his "team has a mountain to climb" before it emerges as a strong Test playing nation.
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Rashid could have immediately got his second Test wicket in the form of the unsafe Pujara, who on 30 was dropped at first slip by Mohammed Nabi. More Tests, more first-class games and practice with the red-ball would help them improve, he said. Players today are bred in a culture of sensational limited-over cricket where the scope of finding the shortcomings in one's game and address it is very narrow and temporary.
The 24 wickets that fell on the second day in Bengaluru (20 Afghanistan, 4 India) are the most to have fallen in a day of Test cricket in the last 115 years. Me and Ashwin were talking about restricting them.
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"They were in India for the last two months, though Ramadan month came in between".
Word of advice: take it on the chin and move on Afghanistan.
It was the Dhawan show in the first session of the Test match with the opener taking the attack to the Afghanistan bowlers from the word go. You can not blame them (for their batting performances). Their performance lends support to the demands for a two-tier Test format, which could get them battle-ready for future series.
Cricket history otherwise is unflattering to teams playing their first Test.
"Their learning curve is huge". It was Afghanistan's debut test match and an announcement of its arrival to the global platform in Test Cricket! "If they can get mentally tough and fine-tune their technique, it will be good", he said.
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