Stand-in India skipper Ajinkya Rahane has made it clear that the number one Test unit in the world will not take debutants Afghanistan lightly when the two teams lock horns in the one-off Test that starts on Thursday in Bengaluru. In a historic event, the Asghar Stanikzai-led team will play their maiden five-day game against the best team in the longest format of the game.
"We are not going to take Afghanistan lightly. They have a decent team. bowlers are good," he said on the eve of the one-off Test.
"As a Test team, we cannot take anyone for granted because cricket is a funny game. We want to go out there and be ruthless.
"We are going to focus on our strengths, our positives. We are not thinking about Afghanistan as well: yes, we respect them as our opponent but it's important for us to go out there and give more than our 100 percent," he added.
Afghanistan secured Test status last year along with Ireland.