New Delhi, Mar 19 : After registering their maiden Test win against Ireland by seven wickets, Afghanistan's all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has said their first win shows that the team is ready for the longest format of the game.
"It's a very historic day for whole of Afghanistan. Every format is different. Test cricket has a different flavour to it. The way our guys performed in batting and bowling, the kind of comebacks that we did, the way Rahmat Shah and Ihsanullah batted was outstanding. Rashid's spell yesterday, the first time taking five wickets, it was a matter of great pride. It shows we are ready for Test cricket," International Cricket Council's (ICC) official website quoted him as saying.
It was Afghanistan's second Test. They defeated Ireland in one-off Test held at Dehradun, becoming second quickest side to record a Test win. Australia registered their first Test win in their first match.
The result was especially momentous considering how Afghanistan struggled in their first Test, when India took all 20 wickets in two sessions to record an innings victory. However, Nabi felt his side would always come good at some stage, pointing to their astonishing record in the first-class Intercontinental Cup competition.
Afghanistan participated in the competition three times, in 2009-10, 2011-13, and 2015-17, and lost just a single game across all three campaigns.
Speaking on their first-ever Test match, he said, "They (India) are the number-one ranked Test side and they are the best in home conditions as well. That's why we lost the game in two days."
"When you see the Intercontinental Cup games of Afghanistan we never lost any games except in the final against Ireland [in 2013]. All other games we won or were draws. It means we are a good team in Tests as well," the all-rounder added.
Now, Nabi is looking to get more exposures for Afghanistan in Test cricket.
"When you win then the teams will tell you to come and play with them," he said. "Nobody plays a weak team. They might think that Afghanistan is weak but not so much that we can't fight them. We have the world's best spinners and we are trying to concentrate on our batting line-up. If we can put up a good score on the board then we are confident of beating any team in the world," Nabi concluded.