After leading India to a 3-0 series win against Zimbabwe, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that Zimbabwe holds a very special place in his life since this was the place which helped him break into the National Team.
The Indian team visited the Indian High Commission in Harare where Dhoni recalled his experience in Zimbabwe playing for India A.
“Zimbabwe is a special place for me. The reason being, before playing for India, this was the tour (in 2004) which really gave me the chance to go into the limelight and get a chance to play for India. So it is a very special place for me. I have always enjoyed coming here. It is the third time for me,” Dhoni said while speaking at the India House.
Dhoni grabbed everyone’s attention after performing brilliantly for the India A team on the tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya. Against the Zimbabwe XI in Harare Sports Club, Dhoni had his best wicket-keeping effort with 7 catches and 4 stumpings in the match. In the tri-nation tournament involving Kenya, India A, and Pakistan A, Dhoni helped India A chase down their target of 223 against Pakistan A with a half-century. Continuing his good performance, the right-hander scored back to back centuries – 120 and 119*– both against arch rivals Pakistan. Dhoni scored 362 runs in 6 innings at an astonishing average of 72.40. The performance helped him to break into the Indian team as he made his debut in the same year against Bangladesh in Chittagong, in December.
He did not have a memorable debut as he was run out for a duck. However, he went on to become one of the finest limited overs batsmen the game has ever seen.
Dhoni has become one of the most successful Indian captains across all formats.He is the only skipper to have won all three ICC trophies (World Twenty20 in 2007, World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013). He also led India to number one ranking in test cricket.
After whitewashing Zimbabwe in the One Day International series, Dhoni and his boys are now getting ready to play the 3 Twenty20 Internationals starting tomorrow (June 18).
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