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TNPSC Current Affaris: Sports - India Wins ODI Series against Zimbabwe

India - Zimbabwe ODI Series 2016

The Indian Cricket team are currently touring Zimbabwe from 11 June to 22 June 2016 playing three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Two weeks prior to the series, Zimbabwe Cricket sacked Hamilton Masakadza as captain and replaced him with Graeme Cremer.

India Wins the ODI Series

A dominant India predictably completed a 3-0 whitewash by bulldozing a sub-par Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the final ODI cricket match, in what turned out to be one of the most one-sided series in recent times. 

India also completed a hat-trick of whitewashes against the hosts, having won earlier ODI series by 5-0 and 3-0 margin in 2013 and 2015 when Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane led the sides respectively.

For Dhoni, there were two milestones that he achieved from the series. With 107 wins as captain, he equalled Allan Border for the second highest number of wins in ODI history behind Ricky Ponting (165). Also he became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to complete 350 dismissals in 50-overs cricket..

Dhoni becomes 4th in world to reach 350 dismissals in ODIs
Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the fourth wicket keeper in the world to reach 350 dismissals in One-day Internationals, while widening the gap further with his India predecessors. The limited overs skipper achieved the feat during the ongoing third and final ODI against Zimbabwe, when he caught Elton Chigumbura off medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the 33rd over of the innings at the Harare Sports Club.

Dhoni has so far taken 261 catches and effected 89 stumpings in 278 matches. Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara leads the list with 482 dismissals followed by Australian Adam Gilchrist and South Africa's Mark Boucher with 472 and 424 dismissals respectively.

As far as dismissals in the 50-over format are concerned, Dhoni is the only Indian in the 300-club, which he scaled during an ODI against New Zealand in January 2014. 

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