You might have never seen winning and losing teams together with “WINNERS” holding and Trophy. India and Afghanistan have broken this protocol when Indian captain Rahane Invited Afghanistan team to join group photo with “WINNERS” holding and Trophy.
What a brilliant gesture from #TeamIndia to ask @ACBofficials players to pose with them with the Trophy. This has been more than just another Test match #SpiritofCricket #TheHistoricFirst #INDvAFG @Paytm pic.twitter.com/TxyEGVBOU8
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 2018
Indeed, Afghanistan has won hearts of millions of cricket fans in India and world by playing excellent cricket in last five years. It was a historic first test cricket Afghanistan team was playing after getting the prestigious status of test playing cricket country.
Although they have lost the game against strong Indian cricket team, however, this is a day which will be remain historic for Afghanistan cricket as their first test cricket match. Earlier Afghanistan has clean-swiped a long time test cricket nation Bangladesh in three-match T20 series.
This is the time when Afghanistan is recovering as a sovereign country after a nightmare decade and India has been a part of their recovering process at every front. India and Afghanistan have been witnessing very sweet relationship and it reflects a lot of time when Afghanistan cricket players feel like home in India.
In Indian Premier League (IPL) a bunch of Afghanistan cricket players has been a key part of their franchise. Afghanistan spin sensation, Rashid Khan is a star in India.
Earlier this week, PM Modi wished Afghanistan Cricket Team on the historic first test through Twitter.
I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first international test match. Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India. Best wishes to both teams! May sports continue to bring our people closer and strengthen ties.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 14, 2018
Hope this cricket diplomacy will make India and Afghanistan friends forever.