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Spotlight on Rashid has helped others to prepare well: Simmons

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

There is a distinct advantage of having in the team as feels all the spotlight which the star spinner has garnered has allowed his lesser-known colleagues to prepare peacefully for the historic one-off Test against

Asked if all this attention on Rashid has been of help, Simmons agreed.

I think it has. But the good thing about Rashid is that he is so professional that he knows how to deal with it. That has allowed others to have time to work on their strategies. I think it's a good thing for the team, Simmons said on the eve of Afghanistan's debut Test match.

On the team front, Simmons dropped a hint that beefy keeper-batsman may purely play as a batsman as they have a designated four-day keeper in Afsar Zazai.

Asked if Shahzad with his level of fitness can keep wickets for 120 overs (considering India's batting depth) and then open the batting, Simmons said: He has been fit enough to keep for 50 overs (in ODIs) and then open batting as well. He did well. Fortunately for us, we have Afsar, who has been our four-day keeper.

Shahzad has been outstanding on the field. He might not move around well (because of his frame) but he has good hands so he might be there in the slips.

Simmons made light of Ashgar Stankzai's our spinners are better" statement.

My only knows what he is talking about, Simmons said with by his side.

But on a serious note, he said he is confident that Rashid will leave his imprint on the also.

Right now, Rashid is the most difficult bowler to play against. He hasn't played Test cricket, so we need to look and see what happens but I am sure he will come out as best spinner in the Test match, the former opener said.

Simmons has had the experience of coaching minnows like and but he does find as the most enriching experience purely in terms of talent in store.

The best part about is the abundance of talent that comes through (the ranks). hasn't produced a lot of talented youngsters compared to Afghanistan. May be not in batting but in department, you will see a fast bowler tomorrow (Yamin Ahmedzai) and understand the kind of talent Afghanistan possess, he said.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 16:45 IST