MS Dhoni’s record of most successful captain in T20 format will soon be broken by Asghar Afghan.
There is no doubt over the abilities of MS Dhoni – the former India captain. One of the best finishers as well as captains of world cricket – MS Dhoni has several records in his name. Moreover, he is the only captain who won all three ICC Trophies. Apart from these, he has a record as the captain of India in the shortest format.
He led India In 72 matches, where the team won 41 which made him the most successful captain in the shortest format. However, his record is on the verge of breaking as Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan, during the second T20I against Zimbabwe, has equalled his record of winning 41 games as skipper. He reached the feat in only 51 games with a win percentage of over 80 whereas Dhoni had 60
Meanwhile, in the game, Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 45 runs in the second T20I to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. An all-round show from Mohammad Nabi (40 off 15 balls and 2/20 in three overs) helped them to secure a comfortable series win.
Asghar Afghan equals the recod of MS Dhoni in the 2nd T20I against Zimbabwe
Batting first, Afghanistan put up a huge competitive total of 193/5 in the allotted 20 overs, with Usman Ghani (49) and Karim Janat (53) stitching 102 for the second wicket as well. In the end, Nabi’s 40 with four sixes and two fours gave the late boost which took the total to over 190 as well.
Apart from leg-spinner Ryan Burl (1/7 in two overs), no one could manage to impress.
In reply, Afghanistan were all out for 148 in 17.1 overs. Nabi removed the dangerous Sean Williams in his very first over which put pressure on Zimbabwe. Soon, Zimbabwe were reduced to 56/5 and looked like the game would finish anytime soon.
But Burl starred with the bat too. He scored a quickfire 40 off 29 balls and stitched 62 runs in seven overs with Richmond Mutumbami (21 off 21) to help his side bringing back in the game. But, Nabi dismissed Mutumbami and Rashid Khan scalped three, including Burl, to bundle Zimbabwe out within 17.1 overs and clinch the series.
It is also noteworthy that, Afghanistan had won the first T20I by 48 runs too under the leadership of Asghar Afghan.