Dhoni: We got more out of T20s than ODIs

"The ODI and T20 series were good exposure for the youngsters. Personally I feel we got more from the T20s than the ODIs," said Dhoni at the post match presentation.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India to victories in the ODI and the T20I series.   -  AP

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni called the limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe as “good exposure” for the youngsters but said the players learnt more from T20Is than the ODIs.

India wrapped up a successful tour of Zimbabwe with a 2-1 T20I series win here today after posting a 3-0 whitewash in the preceding ODI series.

India survived a last-ball scare before clinching the three-match series with a three-run win over a spirited Zimbabwe.

“The ODI and T20 series were good exposure for the youngsters. Personally I feel we got more from the T20s than the ODIs,” said Dhoni at the post match presentation.

Zimbabwe shocked India with a win in the opening T20 match before the visiting team bounced back in the second game. The third went down to the wire before the visitor prevailed.

“Usually in this format, the games get close. Zimbabwe did well, batted and bowled well. They need more games to get better,” said Dhoni.

When asked about not getting a chance to bat long in the tour, Dhoni said, “Difficult one, we did what was right to put in the opposition (in the ODIs). We decided to do what was the right way to play cricket.”

Dhoni said that the series helped the team develop 10-12 fast bowlers.

“In fast bowling department, we need a good pool of players. Now we can proudly say we have 10-12 players who can play for the country,” he said.

Needing 21 runs off the final over, Zimbabwe almost achieved the target as it required just four runs from the last ball, but Barinder Sran, player of the series, held his nerves to finish the game.

“Twenty one runs is a lot for the final over. I was confident we were going to win. Started with a different plan but then changed it,” said Sran.

Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer said he was happy with way his boys fought back after the ODI whitewash.

“Disappointing (that we lost today), but happy with the way the guys fought in the T20 series. One-day series was a tough beating and it was important to make a comeback in the T20 series. Nice to get a few more games. If we carry on playing, we’ll get better,” said Cremer.