Afghanistan tour off India- Afghanistan squad analysis
Afghanistan, one of the most improving team in the white ball are aiming to continue their dominance in the test cricket. But their opponent looks brawny with a star studded players from India. The test cricket is all about unity, endurance, experience and stamina. Afghanistan team are making their first step to this cricket format. Having showcased their potential in other formats, Afghanistan are aiming for a great starting in the longest form of cricket.
Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman will be the two pillars of Afghan squad. Both handles the spin department of Afghanistan with a great knowledge of Indian pitches. Rashid Khan was the mystery bowler of the side and is expected to be the key in the bout. The No.1 white ball bowler Rashid Khan picked 21 wickets in IPL.
Mujeeb's 14 wickets in the IPL will also be a worry for the hosts. Taking the wickets when needed was his main strength and will surely be a challenge for the Men in Blue. But their bowling strength doesn't ends there. Zahir Khan and Hamza Hotak are the two unknown talents for the Afghan side. Zahir Khan was the leading wicket taker for the newbie's in their last intercontinental cup with taking 31 wickets in the entire tournament.
Ashgar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad and Mohammad Nabi will be the key strength for the Afghan team in batting order. Captain, Stanikzai looks the most experienced player in the squad. Mohammad Shahzad and Nabi has showned their potentials with the white ball, but it is yet to know their strength in the test cricket.
Meanwhile Shahzad is known for his explosive batting style, Nabi can make wonders in both bowling and batting department. Rahmat Shah is yet another experienced player in the Afghan batting order. His defense will be crucial in Afghanistan's performance at Bangalore.
Inexperience will be the main worry for the Afghanistan side. Although all they played first class test matches, they are yet know the hellish es of test cricket. As Afghan batters aiming to showcase their skills, Shahzad, Nabi may opt for explosive batting's.
Entire team may face issues related to stamina. Sustained plays in the ground may weaken Afghan players energy. Injuries may also fragile Afghanistan's confidence. Rashid was effected with various injuries in IPL matches and Afghan may be hoping for a better health in the series.
For Afghanistan, it is an opportunity to showcase their skills. Even their team management may not hope for a win against India. A draw will satisfy Afghan team, this will be enough to get a starting boost in the test cricket.
Asghar Stanikzai (Captain), Mohammad Shahzad (Wicket-Keeper), Javed Ahmadi (AllRounder), Ihsanullah Janat (Batsman), Rahmat Shah (All-Rounder), Nasir Jamal (Batsman), Hashmatullah Shahidi (Batsman), Afsar Zazai (Wicket-Keeper), Mohammad Nabi (All-Rounder), Rashid Khan (Bowler), Zahir Khan (Bowler), Amir Hamza (All-Rounder), Sayed Shirzad (Bowler), Yamin Ahmadzai (Bowler), Wafadar (Bowler), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Bowler)