Afghanistan have a mountain to climb, says Simmons after heavy loss

Afghanistan have a mountain to climb, says Simmons after heavy loss

Rashid Khan, who made heads turn with his stellar bowling performances in the recently concluded IPL, had a baptism by the fire during Afghanistan's debut Test against India in Bengaluru. "Definitely, four-day games and Tests will help them a lot", Rahane said.

India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane on Friday said his side were determined to be "ruthless" in their approach after the hosts demolished Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs inside two days in its debut Test match here.

Hardik Pandya, on 10, and Ravichandran Ashwin, on 7, were at the crease when play ended after an extended final session but only 78 overs were possible due to two rain interruptions.

Rahane said they need not wait for the matches to come their way, and that's because they have bowlers in their ranks who can give them good practice.

India pushed on from an overnight score of 347-6 to reach 474, a total Afghanistan never looked like threatening. India have the resources, thanks to a giant market for the sport and a growing economy, and there is no good reason why some of Afghanistan's players should be allowed the chance to play in the Ranji Trophy, or similar tournaments.

Replying to another query, Simmons said Afghanistan have to play a lot of A-series cricket against India, England, Australia and Bangladesh to close the gap between domestic and global cricket.

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Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons said his "team has a mountain to climb" before it emerges as a strong Test playing nation.

"That's what I will take away from this game, players see that now and it's not just telling them that how tough Test cricket is".

"For Afghanistan, it's just the beginning I think". The highest number of wickets to have fallen in a day previously in India is 20: Mumbai 2004 against Australia, and Nagpur 2015 against South Africa.

But forced to follow on, Afghanistan lowered the record again, to 103 in 39 overs. Hashmatullah Shahidi played a fighting knock of 88-ball unbeaten 36 runs. But, to do so, they needed a few years of cricket that challenges them more than the T20 format before they played a Test match. "Disappointed with the batting, but it is good for the future".

There were some positives for debutants Afghanistan - who were only awarded Test status in June 2017 - notably the bowling of Yamin Ahmadzai, who took 3-51 in India's sole innings.

India next shift their focus to the England tour, as they begin their preparations with a short trip to Ireland later this month.

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