MD Dhoni (left) is meeting Makhaya Ntini after a real long time © BCCI's Twitter handle
MD Dhoni (left) is meeting Makhaya Ntini after a real long time © BCCI’s Twitter handle

India‘s limited overs skipper MS Dhoni on Monday presented Zimbabwe‘s South African coach Makhaya Ntini with an autographed bat of his, following India’s eight wicket win over Zimbabwe in the second of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Harare Sports Club on Monday, as India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, thus sealing a series win. This is also Dhoni’s first tour of Zimbabwe ever since 2005, and is meeting Ntini after a long time as he has never ever got the chance to play against or alongside the legendary south African fast bowler, who has created enough records for South Africa. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Zimbabwe 2016, 2nd ODI at Harare

India edged past Zimbabwe by 8 wickets in 2nd ODI at Harare Sports Club and seal the three-match ODI series. This is MS Dhoni‘s first series victory since October 2014 (when West Indies toured India). Since then, Captain Cool lost two ICC’s flagship tournaments: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and ICC World T20 2016. As a matter of fact, Dhoni is the only captain to win ICC World T20, ICC Cricket World Cup and ICC Champions Trophy. Dhoni has been at the helm for the last 9 months, and undoubtedly, is India’s most successful leader in shorter formats. This win won’t affect Dhoni’s cricket approach but it at least broke the losing streak. MS Dhoni wins ODI series after October 2014

 

 

Ever since his last series victory, Dhoni lost a tri-series Down Under and bilateral series against Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia. There have been talks about replacing him with star batsman Virat Kohli as captain in shorter formats. Kohli was appointed as the Test captain when Dhoni called it day in the longest format. Under Kohli’s captaincy, India won a Test series in Sri Lanka after 22 years. Moreover, his side beat South Africa 3-0 at home in 2015.