India vs Afghanistan
Although the head-to-head contests between India and Afghanistan are stacked heavily in favour of the Men in Blue – they are unbeaten against their Asian rivals – match-ups between the two teams have become a lot more exciting in recent past. Like Bangladesh, Afghanistan's entry in Test cricket too was against India, and although their debut ended in a two-day thrashing, the Afghans emerged out of it strong and experienced. Just a month later, Afghanistan almost handed India a beating as their Asia Cup match ended in a tie – there was no Super-Over to decide a winner as it was a Super 4 contest, but Afghanistan took that momentum forward next year into the World Cup, where once again, India survived a scare. Afghanistan were on their way to upset India, shepherded by Mohammad Nabi, before a last-over hat-trick from Mohammed Shami rescued his team. From that game on, India vs Afghanistan picked up, and although ever since, India have comprehensively beaten their sub-continent neighbours, it has never been taken for granted.
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- What is India's head-to-head record against Afghanistan across formats?
India have played 6 matches against Afghanistan across ODIs, T20Is and Tests, and have won five of them with one ending in a tie.
- When did India and Afghanistan play their first match against each other?
India and Afghanistan first battled back in the 2010 T20 World Cup. Afghanistan posted 115, a total that was comfortably chased down by India. Ashish Nehra was adjudged Player of the Match for picking 3/19.
- Which is the most memorable India vs Afghanistan match?
The two most memorable India vs Afghanistan matches were played in a span of 8 months. The 2018 Asia Cup match between the two teams ended in a tie and at the 2019 World Cup, Afghanistan almost stunned India and pulled off an upset before Mohammed Shami gave his team a win with a last-over hat-trick.
- Who is the highest run-scorer in India vs Afghanistan matches?
In T20Is, Virat Kohli is the highest scorer with 172 runs from 3 matches, while Shikhar Dhawan is the leader of the pack in Tests with 107. In ODIs though, the feat belongs to Afghanistan's Mohammed Shahzad with 146.
- Who is the highest wicket-taker in India vs Afghanistan matches?
India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the highest wicket-taker with 5 scalps from 1 game, while Ravindra Jadeja rules in Tests and ODIs with 6 and 7 wickets respectively. Interestingly, Rashid Khan is not even in the top 5.