Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland in June a year ago, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognized by the ICC in 2001.
"Teams depend on 11 players, not one", he told DNA India. "You see the batsmen, bowlers are all in good form".
"I think there will always be a bit of disappointment in the players not to be on the same field as Virat, but at the same time we look to win the Test match and beat India, we don't beat Virat", said Simmons.
The India captain said that it was important for them to play to their strengths, and confessed that he was not sure what the pitch would offer from Thursday. Although Afghanistan players have had a fair exposure to worldwide cricket, through its participation in 98 ODIs, including the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and in additional 66 in t20 format, including appearances, in the last four editions of The World Twenty20, Afghanistan players have very limited experience of four-day cricket.
To watch a live stream of the India vs. Afghanistan first and only Test cricket match from Bangalore, India, in the United States, the only source is the US affiliate of India streaming site Hotstar at this link.
The first session of the Chinnaswamy Stadium Test in Bengaluru truly belonged to India, thanks to a breezy hundred by opener Shikhar Dhawan.
It was just the other day that Afghanistan captain, Asghar Stanikzai, claimed that his team's spinners were better than India's.
Afghanistan showcased better control with the ball in the final session and the scoring rate came down to 4.4 by stumps.
Afghanistan's Rashid Khan, right appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of India's Dinesh Karthik, center partly seen, during their one-off cricket test match in Bangalore, India, June 14, 2018. Skill-wise it won't make a difference, but our attitude matters, if you have to make a quick switch in terms of mindset from T20 to Test cricket. Inexperience showed on part of off spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman as he conceded 32 runs in the four overs he bowled. They expect us to perform well because recently Afghanistan performed really well in the T20Is and ODIs, and their expectation will be the same for the Test.
The sensational wrist spinner, Rashid Khan, still few months short of his 20 birthday, is set to be the star attraction in the country's first-ever Test match. This alone makes the contest between them and the Indian bowlers, in particularly Ashwin and Jadeja, a mouth watering one.