Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

India name Rahane as skipper for Afghanistan Test

India name Rahane as skipper for Afghanistan Test

The Indian cricket captain feels that such scrutiny may sometimes get uncomfortable.

"D-N Test is the way forward. India have reservations, but that's a long-term future for Test cricket", Sourav said at the launch of a protein awareness campaign with Complan. There is no difference in D-N Test matches and day Test matches. The Bangalore are languishing down to the penultimate spot in the eight-team IPL satndings, having won just three of the ten matches they have played so far.

Nevertheless, he was pleased with the itinerary of the England tour, which begins with the limited over games before the Tests, and allows the Indian players to feature for India A against their English counterparts. CA wanted to continue with their recent tradition of playing the opening Test in Adelaide from December 6-10 under lights.

With Indian skipper Virat Kohli choosing to skip the historic Test against Afghanistan in June in order to play the county cricket for Surrey, as part of his preparation before the tour to England in July, the fans have criticised the 29-year old for not choosing to play for the country. Pujara's coming back from England to play Afghanistan defies logic because he was playing in county cricket, where, at the moment, he isn't very consistent. "Obviously we expect some good challenges ahead against him this summer back in England", he added.

Vengsarkar was, however, pleased with India's itinerary for England tour. "Since our pacers are very good at the global level, we should be able to win", he said.


Virat Kohli is learning to live with the constant public scrutiny of his personal life six months into his marriage with Bollywood star Anushka Sharma. I have never seen those shots before and I think he played extremely well. "Remember India have never beaten Australia in Australia. And hopefully, they can do well in England".

Ajinkya Rahane has been given the responsibility to lead the Test side against Afghanistan, but he does not find a place in ODI and T20I squads for the tour of the UK.

"I am surprised Rahane is not in the team. He has been moved around too much, he is a quality player", Ganguly said.

Coming to the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), Ganguly said it would be hard for city-based Kolkata Knight Riders to make a comeback after suffering consecutive defeats at the hands of Mumbai Indians in the space of three days. "I think he's the best batsman in the world at the moment". KKR now have a poor net run rate and are out of top four in the points table with three games to go. Ultimately, they will have to fight for the fourth place. "I'm sure he'll do well", he said. I saw him play the other night and he was brilliant.

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