“On a turning wicket, Rashid will be dangerous. If we give Afghanistan a turning wicket, we’ll perish, because they have at least three good spinners,” Rajput, who’s now the head coach of Zimbabwe, told Times of India.
Rajput further added that India will be wise to choose a seaming track. “Their fast bowling attack is comparatively much weaker. Dawlat Zadran is injured and Shapoor Zadran (not in the Afghanistan squad for the Test) is past his prime. The best option for India is to go for a ‘green top’ and unleash their pacers, who can then even finish off the match inside three days,” he added.
According to Rajput, India would be better off tackling the Rashid threat by pinching singles off him.
“It’s very simple. If you try to hit him, you’ll end up giving away your wicket. To negotiate him, you’ve to play on the front foot, and not go on the back foot at all. You’ve to try and not overpower him, but milk him for singles,” he observed.
The historic one-off test match between Afghanistan and India will kick off from 14th of June in Begaluru city of India.