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Zimbabwe is very special: MS Dhoni

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Published : Jun 18, 2016, 1:10 am IST
Updated : Jun 18, 2016, 1:10 am IST

M.S. Dhoni at the Indian High Commission in Harare on Thursday. (Photo: BCCI on Twitter)

M.S. Dhoni at the Indian High Commission in Harare on Thursday. (Photo: BCCI on Twitter)

India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said Zimbabwe is a “very special place” for him since it helped him to get into the national team.

The 34-year-old Dhoni, who is currently in Zimbabwe leading a young Indian side, on Thursday revealed how a tour with India A team in 2004 changed his life.

The Dhoni-led team visited the Indian High Commission in Harare where the skipper recalled his visit to Zimbabwe.

“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 in his brief speech at the India House.

In 2004 July-August, Dhoni was part of India ‘A’ team led by Sairaj Bahutule, for the tours of Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Dhoni hit 2 centuries in a row (120 and 119 not out, both Vs Pakistan A) and a half century in the one-day tri-series, in Nairobi (Kenya), also involving Pakistan A and the hosts. Same year, in December, Dhoni made his international debut (in ODI) against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Location: Zimbabwe, Harare