In what is known as great sportsmanship, Team India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane brought the Afghanistan players and staff to pose with the Indian cricketers along with the match trophy. Despite India crushing Afghanistan on their Test debut, a great gesture by Rahane has left Twitterati in awe. (RASHID, STANIKZAI CELEBRATE EID BEFORE DAY 2)
Team India wrapped up the historic one-off Test against Afghanistan in dominating fashion as they won the lone Test by an innings and 262 runs on Day 2 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. However, on the occasion of Eid, Rahane brought on the Afghan players to pose with the trophy as well. Take a look.
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
The heartwarming gesture from Rahane has left Twitter in awe and only had praise for the stand-in skipper. Former India great VVS Laxman, Wriddhiman Saha, former England swashbuckler Kevin Pieterson also commented on Rahane's gesture. Take a look.
Wonderful sportsmanship! Bravo!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 15, 2018
Beautiful gesture:)— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 15, 2018
A Gentleman’s game .. a wonderful gesture!!— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) June 15, 2018
Now this is called "mehman-nawazi". Love u INDIA— @AHussain (@Ahmad32822290) June 15, 2018
Wow what a gesture from rahane you beauty..incredible never happened before pic.twitter.com/fuak7aYoHz— Srikanth (@Srikanth28_p) June 15, 2018
Rahane is class.🙏🏻 The match was beyond a win or loss, specially the kinda history & friendship we share. The Indian crowd showed so much love to our team, home away from home.❤️ Long live Afghanistan & India’s friendship. #HistoricTest #INDvAFG— mustafa (@thatboymusty) June 15, 2018
Statesman like classy gesture by Team India. In a different league altogether. Indian brotherhood and bada-dil generosity at play. These are the sort of things which make us Indian fans proud as hell !— Saleem Ahmed (@saleem_ahmed) June 15, 2018
Afghans, who have some impressive accomplishments in the shortest format lasted a total of 66.3 overs (27.5 overs and 38.4 overs), posing serious questions over their readiness to cope up with demands of the longest format of the game. (IND vs AFG MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)
With Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay tearing apart the Afghan attack with their hundreds, the Indian bowlers were on their very best as Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin shined with the ball.
This was the first time that India won a Test match in two days while it has now happened for the 21st time in the 141-year-history of the traditional format. India, however, did become the first team to claim 20 wickets in a day.