Afghanistan are the 12th nation to play Test cricket, with only Australia, against England in Melbourne in 1877, winning their first match at this level.
Speaking in the opening ceremony, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, said, "I welcome their maiden Test match against India".
Team India would step out on the field in the absence of their charismatic skipper and batting mainstay Virat Kohli. Looking sharp in deep blue blazers over their Test whites, the team and the support staff, lined up for the fruition of a dream.
The blasts occurred after evening prayers at a football stadium that was hosting a cricket match at the start of the holy month of Ramadan. But don't tell that to Stanizai, who says that his team's spin bowlers will outduel India's world-class veteran "spin twins, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, he boasted to the Times of India". It will be the first global match that the side will play since clinching 2-0 win over Bangladesh in the T20I series in Dehradun.
Vijay then took charge and punished Afghanistan´s three-pronged spin attack of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Nabi on both sides of the wicket. "In my opinion, we have good spinners, better spinners than India", he further added.
India immediately lost another wicket when stumper Dinesh Karthik (4) departed off an unnecessary run-out with the scoreboard at 334/6.
"The kind of improvement they have shown in white ball cricket is phenomenal. But experience pays and it can not be easily bought", Karthik told Fox Sports. "Everyone knows Afghanistan is a tough place and the turmoil that they are going through, yet they are able to inspire people with their performances".
S. Sabanayakan, vice president of the Kuwait-based Asian Sports Press Association, told Al Arabiya English that "India has given wings to Afghan cricket to achieve its dream of making it really big in worldwide cricket". "It is a historic moment for Afghanistan, I'm really excited", Rahane said.
In reality, the Indians have been more or less comfortable against the slower bowlers in the previous season barring the first Test against Australia in Pune past year. The U.S. Hotstar service is also available on mobile phones and the Roku set-top streaming box by downloading the Hotstar app. Hotstar.com will live stream the match. Access the Indian Hotstar site at this link.