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Are Afghan spinners better than India's?

crictoday 2018-06-11 10:54:38


Ahead of their historic first Test this week, Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai has boldly claimed that his side's spinners are better than star Indian duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Afghanistan will become just the 12th nation to play Test cricket when they take on India in Bengaluru from Thursday, with the hosts to be without star skipper Virat Kohli.

While Kohli is on the sidelines, India will be able to call on spinners Jadeja and Ashwin, the world's fourth and fifth-ranked Test bowlers respectively, who have taken more than 400 wickets between them in Tests in Asia at an average of 22.

"The whole world knows that (we have good spinners like) Rashid Khan, Mujeeb, Nabi, Rahmat (Shah), Zahir (Khan)," Stanikzai told ESPN.

"In Afghanistan, the brilliant thing is that a lot of the young talent that is coming through are spinners, because they all follow Rashid, they follow Nabi, so because of that our spin department is very strong from below.

"In my opinion, we have good spinners, better spinners than India."

Rashid, the ICC's top-ranked T20 bowler and No.2 in ODIs, is a superstar in white-ball cricket but has played just four first-class matches, albeit with a stunning record of 35 wickets in just four games.