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India's Nair reacts at Afghan skipper Stanikzai bold statement on spinners

Afghanistan is all set to lock horns against India in their first ever Test match at the M Chinnaswamy in Bangalore on Thursday.

Afghanistan have made rapid strides in the shorter formats of the game and have qualified for World Cups in both the formats, but the longer format will be a very different challenge.

"The preparation has been good because we only had four players that crossover".

It will be a historic moment for Asghar Stanikzai's team when they step out on Thursday for their maiden five-day outing against the world's number one Test side. We have bowlers of similar ilk and they have been bowling at the batsmen. They earned the full member status a year ago from International Cricket Council (ICC) along with Ireland. "But in all the training has been good because it's been little bit separated except for the four players who played the T20s", Simmons said.

"You prepare for what you expect".

Our spinners - R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav - are quality, experienced bowlers. "We have had our own Kuldeep in young Zahir".

Rahane, who captained Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, said it was important now for his team's players to switch mentally from T20 mode to playing in the longest format.

"We are not feeling nervous", he told a news conference on Wednesday.

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Despite praising the nascent achievements of Afghanistan as an worldwide 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.

"We won't take Afghanistan lightly".

"I think there will always be a little bit of disappointment in the players in not being on the same cricket field as Virat, especially".

Where will the India vs Afghanistan one-off Test match be played? "We are happy to be here and playing India, Virat is not India". "We will be ruthless", a smiling Rahane said. It's like any other Test match for us.

"My captain knows what he is talking about", he said with a laugh. I think when you look at it, all the spinners in this contest are going to be excellent. We know that right now, Rashid is the most hard spinner to play around. He hasn't played Test cricket, so we have to look and see what happens.

"Rashid is so professional, he knows how to deal with it".

"The mental part comes from the way you train, how long you bat and how long you bowl and train in the nets". Because when you get over there then you understand what it takes to be over there. And for me personally, it's an honour to be the captain for this Test.

"Everyone will believe that they are better than the opponent".

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