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The three-match series in 2007 was India's last Test series win on English soil.
Dhawan bludgeoned the rookie Afghan bowlers into submission with a power-packed unbeaten 104 (91 balls) while Murali Vijay (41 no off 72 balls) held one end up with the home team setting the foundation for what promises to be a mammoth first innings total.
Dhawan was soon caught in the slips off seamer Yamin Ahmadzai, who picked up Afghanistan's first Test wicket.
All-rounders Hardik Pandya (10 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (7 not out) survived a few scares before heading back undivided when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day, affected by two rain interruptions at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium here.
"All the guys have first-class experience". Originating from Khost province, he is a nephew of Noor Ali Zadran, with whom he played alongside for Afghanistan in ODIs in December previous year.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan became the 12th Test-playing nation after getting the Test status in June, last year. Spin. Led by the dynamic Rashid Khan and ably supported by the teenage Mujeeb ur Rahman, Afghanistan boast of a slew of spinners capable of weaving a web around any high quality batsman.
Ahmadzai bowled Rahul, who dragged a delivery on to his stumps, and Wafadar trapped Vijay lbw to lift Afghan spirits.
Pujara was on 31 then and added four more before he was dismissed by Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1-69) from Nabi's superb catch.
Another doubt is their ability to stand up against the fearsome Indian attack, pace and spin in equal measure, as their batsmen are known to play aggressive, fast-paced knocks.
Afghans took to social media to celebrate the start of the Test, which comes amid a government ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan. So I can't really put it in words.
"Today is that historic day".
Considering Indian grounds as their second Home ground, Afghanistan will take this as an advantage to show their cricket skills to the world against the number one Test cricket team India. "May sports continue to bring our people closer and strengthen ties". The core of this test team has been practicing with the red ball. On the other hand, India is now the No. 1 Test team in ICC Rankings list.
Afghanistan past year achieved full member status of the International Cricket Council, making them one of only 12 Test teams.
Since gaining one day global status in 2009, the Afghans have made giant strides and qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year. He became the sixth overall and first Indian to score a hundred before lunch on day one of a Test match.
"We will try to play good cricket".
Stanikzai said that they are not nervous but "well prepared" for the rigours of Test match cricket.