The first innings of Afghanistan’s Test debut did not exactly go according to their grand debut plan. Afghanistan has one of the best T20 spinners of the world and they were expected to cause trouble right away. Asghar Stanikzai got the flavour of Test cricket on Day 1 as the Indian top order piled on runs with a run rate similar to ODI cricket. Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi looked rather harmless in the first two sessions.
Though Afghanistan did make a comeback and managed to bundle out India’s first innings for 474 in the first session of day two, there were a few unwanted records they’ve managed to achieve.
1. The 19-year-old Rashid has become the first bowler to concede 150-plus runs in an innings of a country’s debut match. He ended up giving 154 runs for two wickets in 34.5 overs. He bowled just two maiden overs in the first innings.
2. Afghanistan conceded 474 runs in the first innings, which is most by a country in an innings in their debut Test. The previous record was held by Bangladesh who conceded 429 runs in an innings against India at Dhaka in 2000.
On the other hand, Mujeeb achieved a unique feat as the 17-year-old became the youngest bowler to take a wicket in India in Tests. He got Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket on Day 1.
At the end of the first innings, Afghanistan spinners got 4 wickets whereas fast bowlers Yamin Ahmadzai and Wafadar got 3 and 2 wickets respectively. As the Test progresses, we might see a few more first from Afghanistan.