Bengaluru, India captain Ajinkya Rahane, who led a comprehensive win against minnows Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs on Friday said the visiting team will come up the ladder and he had told his players to be tough and outgoing to win one-off the test match.
Speaking to reporters after the historical test match, he said he was happy with the result when India won within two days. ‘’But I feel Afghanistan will be a better side in longer format after this debut.’’
On the historic match Rahane said Afghanistan team will take the best out of this match and progress further. ‘’The players will understand how tough the Test cricket will be’.
To a question on spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, he said they performed well and they knew what they were capable of and they performed as per their standards.
‘’We did not take Afghanistan lightly and prepared for this test match with right earnest. Our focus was to play good cricket. This was evident from Shikhar Dhawans century on the opening day which was magnificent’’, he said about the Man of the Match.
Rahane also gave full marks to the bowlers, the fast bowlers and spinners, saying that Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja performed very well. ‘’The overall focus was positive and the entire team performed as expected,’’ he said.
Indian stand-in skipper said that this test match proved that openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murlai Vijay were in good form after the IPL and the bowlers bowled in a manner what is expected of them to bowl in a test match.