When it came to batting, he was at his best, notching up his third Test fifty.
Another fan tweeted: "Once again Gesture of Indian cricket team proved why Cricket is known as Gentleman's game". However, their bowling can certainly trouble any team, felt India skipper Ajinkya Rahane. "I have always believed that winning and losing is part and parcel of the process". Rahane said players from both teams shared good relationships, and mentioned the Afghans' keenness to learn. As the photographers went about their business, Rahane turned towards Afghan players and called them to pose with the trophy.
In December 2017, Zimbabwe were made to play a four-day away Test against South Africa as a new experiment in cricket to make it more viable in the age of the super-short but yet, the Zimbabweans were annihilated within two days by an innings and 120 runs.
Umesh's fellow pacer Ishant Sharma then struck with the wicket of Rahmat Shah (4) before Jadeja joined the party with the wickets of skipper Asghar Stanikzai (25), stumper Afsar Zazai (1) and Rashid Khan (12) in no time. "I agree that it would have been more competitive against a No 8 or No 9 team, but I will take what we get from this game", said Simmons.
"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". It was Afghanistan's debut test match and an announcement of its arrival to the global platform in Test Cricket!
Rahane, for one, insisted this was "just the beginning" for them. Meaning, once this generation of Ireland's players are done, they will need a miracle to keep the gears oiled. I learnt a lot by playing against Afghanistan. As a batsman, it is about visualising how they play each and every opponent. In setting them up in such a way that this was the best they could deliver, cricket failed in its duty of care to Afghanistan.
Jadeja, playing his first test of the calendar year, was at 20 when was caught on the long-on boundary for Mohammad Nabi's first test wicket.
Simmons, who had hailed the country's talent at grassroots-level before the match, hoped the youngsters had opportunities to play "A" games in different conditions around the world.
"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", Simmons said. I am really happy we have such a good attack. The learning curve for us is huge.