It took India 20 years to win their first Test match since their debut. It was never going to be an easy win for Afghanistan playing their inaugural Test against World’s No.1 team. India registered their largest win by an innings and 262 runs and finished the match in just two days, bundling out Afghanistan twice in a day. Cricket experts did not expect Afghanistan to win their first Test and that’s exactly what happened.
Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai thanked the fans present at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru for their support. India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane was presented with the trophy in post-match presentation. In a heart-warming gesture, Rahane invited Afghan players to pose with the series trophy.
Here’s the video of Afghani and Indian players posing with the trophy –
What a brilliant gesture from #TeamIndia to ask @ACBofficials players to pose with them with the Trophy. This has been more than just another Test match #SpiritofCricket #TheHistoricFirst #INDvAFG @Paytm pic.twitter.com/TxyEGVBOU8
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 2018
Here’s how Twitterati praised Rahane for his moving gesture –
— Trend N Troll (@trend_n_troll) June 15, 2018
What a brilliant gesture by #ajinkyarahane and #teamindia after the #victory
Divided by country united by cricket.
.#overthewicket #indvafg #afgvind #india #afghanistan #rashidkhan #win #testmatch #cricketers #BCCI#INDvAFG #AFGvIND #TheHistoricFirst pic.twitter.com/mP6iOutdTJ
— Over The Wicket (@OverWicket) June 15, 2018
Great gesture by Ajinkya Rahane.
Cricket is not always about rivalry, its about the Friendship which lies beyond. #INDvAFG
— Divya (@imDi23) June 15, 2018
— Shantanu Smart (@smartshantanu) June 15, 2018
It was absolutely heart melting to see Ajinkya Rahane call them to be clicked with the winner trophy
— Radiowaali Ladki (@bee_jyo) June 15, 2018
Called the Afghanistan Team to Join the celebration
Gotta Appreciate Ajinkya Rahane for this wonderful Gesture
India VS Afganistan — feeling proud
— Virat Bhardwaj (@ViratBh48156224) June 15, 2018
That What Sports Is About,Winning And Losing Will Be A Part Of It,Huge Respect For #AjinkyaRahane For The Delightful Gesture That Picture There Explains What Sport Is Suppose To Be All https://t.co/zCIpbpdgX9 Needs More @ajinkyarahane88 #INDvsAFG #SpiritOfTheGame pic.twitter.com/9fyIug93nM
— Raj Kotia (@rjkotia) June 15, 2018
How generous of Ajinkya Rahane to call over the Afghanistan team to join the celebrations! Spirit of cricket soared a bit. #INDvAFG
— Nikesh Chelimilla (@TheChelimilla) June 15, 2018
This will be the memory I will preserve from this historic Test. Heart-warming gesture by Ajinkya Rahane to call up Afghanistan team to jointly pose with the trophy. Talk about big hearts! #INDvAFG (Photo – Mohandas Menon) pic.twitter.com/Xl04PyQutH
— Omkar Mankame (@Oam_16) June 15, 2018
Rohit gave beautiful gesture to Srilanka during Nidahas trophy
Virat Kohli gave beautiful gesture for Indian Football team by appealing for support
Now Ajinkya Rahane gave beautiful gesture to Afghanistan team
(Kehte hai humko pyar se India wale)
— VAMOS ARGENTINA (@Cricketician_) June 15, 2018
In the post-match presentation Rahane talked about a few positives of Afghanistan Test side as well, he said,
It was important for all of us to stick to our basics, create some good habits, but credit to Afghanistan, they were fantastic. From here on it is only upwards and onwards for them. Their seamers bowled really well, especially in the third session yesterday and I am sure they will go a long way against all opponents.
The 30-year-old struggled with the bat in the first innings. He could only score 10 runs off 45 deliveries before getting trapped in front of the stumps by Rashid Khan.
India became the first team to wrap up a Test match under two days on Indian pitches. They also became the first Asian team to get the opposition out in both the innings, bowling less than 400 balls.