MS Dhoni missed a boundary on the final ball of the match as India lost the 1st T20I vs Zimbabwe © AFP
MS Dhoni missed a boundary on the final ball of the match as India lost the 1st T20I vs Zimbabwe © AFP

MS Dhoni who is known as one of the best limited-overs captain of this generation once again proved he not only is a good captain but is a leader first. When asked why he did not promote himself at No. 4 position against Zimbabwe in the first Twenty2o International (T20I), he said that he is on his tour to guide the younger players in his side. He went on to say that if it was about him he would surely promote himself up the order but he wants the likes of Manish Pandey, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu and others to make full use of this opportunity and same time Dhoni wants to understand his young teammates and their game. Full Cricket Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs India, 1st T20I, at Harare

After a embarrassing One-Day International (ODI) series which the hosts lost 0-3, they came back hard in the very first match of the T20I series. When the fresh faces in the Indian side, who have vast experience in the shortest format of the game due to the Indian Premier League, threw away their starts, the match went down till the wire with Dhoni on strike and India needed four runs off the last ball. However a confident Zimbabwe ensured Dhoni did not perform his last ball heroics as they restricted him to a single on the last ball and Zimbabwe sealed the game in style by just two runs.

According to Cricbuzz, India’s limited-overs skipper added, “Let’s talk about IPL, it doesn’t really matter. You can play your big shots. There’s no pressure of result. You say ‘okay, in 14 games if you play five or six innings, you will take the team through.’ Over here it is slightly different. This is where you have to personally tell them as to ‘this could have been done at that point of time.’ And also that’s how you learn. It’s not that you have to commit a mistake to learn.”

The Indian captain might be disappointed with the loss in the first match but Dhoni praised Neville Madziva for his spell in the last over and more importantly the brilliant final ball he bowled to which Dhoni had no answers.

“I feel, though we lost the game — it’s disappointing — it’s still a learning curve for the youngsters, provided they are learning out of it. You have to take it in a serious manner because whenever you will represent the country, whenever they get a chance to be part of the proper Indian team for a consistent period of time, they will feel the pressure. That will be the time when a game like this or a tour like this will really help them ease out that pressure,” Dhoni added.