India is all set to host Afghanistan for a Test match which will the first for Afghanistan from June 14 in Bangalore. Ahead of the one-off Test, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has warned the BCCI from preparing turning track for the Test match.
Afghanistan will head into the Test match on the back of Rashid Khan's superb success with the ball this season as he has picked up 21 wickets in the season. Dada further went on to add that Rashid Khan will be the main threat for the Indian batsmen if they prepare a turning track which will hand the initiative into the hands of their opposition.
"Rashid's a really good spinner. In fact, when Indian play Afghanistan in the Test match at home they will have a problem in deciding on the kind of pitch they would like to play on. Traditionally, Indians tend to prepare turners but with Afghanistan having Rashid and Mujeeb Ur Rahman it could prove to be a dangerous ploy," Ganguly told a Bengali daily.
Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson too heaped praises on the 19-year-old Afghan spinner after the IPL 2018 final in Mumbai. "He's a world-class player. We have seen that in this format but it's great that he's going to play some Test cricket. It is a challenge for anyone but an enjoyable challenge because he's up there with the top spinners in the game," Williamson said after his side lost IPL title clash to Chennai Super Kings.
Williamson is looking forward to bat against Rashid in international cricket and termed the leg-break bowler a complete package. "It's always a pleasure to face him at the nets and against him as well in the near future. A very very good bowler but like you said, if the wicket's responding, like any spinner that offers him a bit more. But, fantastic bowler. The full package Rashid is, it is great to have him in the side and he had a brilliant year" the Kiwi skipper concluded saying.