No one would dare to deny that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a great sense of humour and one journalist even had to taste it at the post-match press meet after the third ODI when Captain Cool was asked regarding the long forced break that he will have to spend after this ongoing Zimbabwe series.
Dhoni will next play in October during the limited overs part of the New Zealand series.
“I think after a long time, I will take some time off cricket after this series (T20Is). Don’t think my daughter (15-month old Ziva) still recognises me. I will make my daughter feel that I am her dad and spend time with family,” the skipper replied with his tongue firmly in cheek to show his witty mood.
But on a serious note, he is quite satisfied with the effort he got from the young bowling department, who bowled out Zimbabwe in all the three ODIs — 168 (49.5 overs), 126 (34.3 overs) and 123 (42.2 overs) respectively — and then it was all left to the batsmen to chase down the total and they did it in style with consummate ease.
“I think the execution has been really good, and that’s the key factor. The fast bowlers and the spinners have taken wickets at some point of time and put pressure on the opposition, so I am happy with the bowling performance,” Dhoni said.
“I don’t mind winning games easily, that’s what you are supposed to do. It would have been nice if a few of the other batsmen would have had a break.”
Dhoni actually didn’t want to miss out on such a golden chance to lead a young Indian side amidst a season packed with important Test matches. In Zimbabwe, leading a second-string squad, Dhoni made the most out of the opportunity by guiding the team to secure a whitewash against a relatively weak host side, and also ended his 20-month wait for an ODI series win.
The victory, despite coming against the minnows must have given him a welcome respite. Over the past two years, he had gone through a severe drought in his colourful trophy cabinet. The 34-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, being at the helm of the One Day Internationals squad after retiring from Test cricket, has been a mere shadow of his glorious past.
After a 2-1 home series win against West Indies back in 2014; under Dhoni India have faced some tough defeats in the 50-over format of the game. Just before the 2015 World Cup, India finished with not a single win in the tri-series involving England and Australia. Again in the World Cup, India were thrown out of the event in the semi-finals after losing to the hosts Australia.