Afghanistan: Ashgar Stanikzai (Captain), Mohammed Shahzad (wicket-keeper), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ihsanullah Janat, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Yamin Ahmadzai Wafadar, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
"I am proud of the men who championed cricket in Afghanistan in the dawn of the century and believed in themselves that one day Afghanistan will play against the best in the world", the message read.
Troubled by two rain breaks during which Vijay found himself stuck in the 90s, the Tamil Nadu opener kept his composure to notch up his 12th Test hundred in the final session.
This was the first Test in the month of June in India. Dhawan also etched his name in history books as he became the first batsman to slam a century against Afghanistan in a Test match. "Scoring a century in the first session is an incredible feat". In the first over Rashid khan conceded 13 runs. There's some grass but in India it's important to bat first. Mujeeb is also the youngest player to take a wicket on Indian soil as Chawla claimed his maiden wicket on the 5th day of his Test debut, a day older than Mujeeb.
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Dhawan smeared 19 fours and three sixes during his seventh Test ton as he matched Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, Don Bradman, Majid Khan and David Warner in reaching three figures in the opening session of a Test. "It's important to start well after coming off the IPL".
Vijay then took control after Dhawan´s departure, putting together a 112-run second-wicket partnership with Lokesh Rahul who made 54. Stanikzai gratefully acknowledged that India provides a lot of financial assistance to Afghan cricketers in India, besides contributing one million dollars for the timely construction of Kandahar International Stadium. Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini are the other two players who have been left out from the India playing XI. India went to lunch at 158/0 in 27 overs.
India playing 11: Murli Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav. It is a historic moment for Afghanistan as they would now become the 12th nation to play Test cricket.