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Afghanistan came across painfully short of experience for the longest format and were bowled out for 109 and 103 in pursuit of India's first innings total of 474 all out on Friday.

In the lead-up to this inaugural Test, Afghanistan's best players were involved in a Twenty20 series. The fans cheered as Afghan players joined the Indians and the trophy was put at the front where the visitors' cricketers were sitting.

"The kind of character that our team has shown in the past decade is that we have come back from tough situations and we have worked hard", said the chief executive. And India have become the No1 team because they have been consistent and clinical for a couple of seasons. Thinking and visualising as batsmen about how they are going to play against each opponent... it's all in the mind because skill-wise, every player is similar. "We haven't played a Test match before, and now we are learning what we need to do in the future against full members".

"Winning and losing is not the only important thing, what you learn on and off the field is very important".

In a nice little gesture, Rahane called the entire Afghanistan team for a photo opportunity and even offered rival skipper Asghar Stanikzai to hold the winner's trophy.

What impressed Rahane most about the way Afghanistan played in this game was the bowling, which he singled out multiple times.

"30 per cent of the blame for this defeat falls on letting the occasion get to them, and the rest is down to naivety on what Test cricket is all about".

"Test cricket is a completely different ball game, we have a lot of time and we'll work on our weaknesses", Stanikzai added in his post-match comments. They survived just 27.5 overs in the second session in Bangalore. It is true that with only 12 teams, the tier system will make the games far too repetitive but that's the only way the quality of the Test match can be immunised from compromise. They figured things out quicker than most people expected. While it is good to keep hitting an area outside the off-stump to induce a false shot from the batsman, hitting the seventh stump line ensured that even the inexperienced Afghanistan batsmen managed to happily see them go to the keeper. They have taken 476 Test wickets.

"But it's still a beginning". It is about playing five-day cricket regularly.

Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons says his team was naive when it comes to the rigours of Test cricket.

Coming out to bat, Afghanistan knew they had to dig in and grind it out if they had any chance of staying alive in the test match. "I think with us there has to be a lot more A team cricket played against big countries by some players - players just below 18 - in England, India, Bangladesh, Australia". That's the best way to close the gap. "We might have been more competitive against No 8 or 9, but for what we have learnt, I will take that". Me and Ashwin were talking about restricting them.


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