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MS Dhoni returns home after successful tours of Australia and New Zealand

first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 14:05 IST MS Dhoni was spotted at the Mumbai airport after returning from the tour of New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were spotted at the Mumbai airport as Team India returned home from New ZealandDhoni was named man-of-the-series in the ODIs against AustraliaIndia will next take on Australia in a 2-match T20I series and 5-match ODI series from February 24MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were spotted at the Mumbai airport after returning home from successful tours of Australia and New Zealand. India were away for three months – in that time, they drew a T20I series in Australia before winning historic bialteral Test and ODI series in that country.In New Zealand, India won the ODI series 4-1 but lost the T20I series 1-2. Virat Kohli had been rested for the final two ODIs and the entire T20I series against New Zealand. India will next take on Australia in 2 T20Is and 5 ODIs from February 24.Overall, India won three series, lost one and drew one on their tour Down Under. No Indian team has ever had such success in Australia and New Zealand in the past. While the Test series triumph was highlighted by Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and the rest of the pace battery, MS Dhoni found form after a horror 2018 to script a 2-1 series win for India in the ODI series against Australia.Last year, Dhoni managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs without scoring a fifty. In Australia, Dhoni hit three fifties from three ODIs and won the man-of-the-match series. Dhoni was criticised for his slow 51 in the first ODI in Sydney but he bounced back with an aggressive 55 not in Adelaide before scoring 87 not out in the series decider in Melbourne.In New Zealand, MS Dhoni sat out of two ODIs due to an injury but made his mark with a quick 48 not out in Mount Maunganui.advertisementBesides, MS Dhoni was once again instrumental in guiding the Indian spinners. Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav bowled well at different stages of the tours of Australia and New Zealand.Jadhav, in fact, said he followed Dhoni’s instructions blindly. In the ODI series, Kedar Jadhav made a major impact with his part-time off-spin. However, he did not play any of the three T20Is against the Black Caps as India wanted to try out Vijay Shankar in the top-order.Also Read | God bless my child Mahi, he is the true son of India: ex-VP of Dhoni’s schoolAlso Read | This is the MS Dhoni we know: MSK Prasad after Australia, New Zealand toursAlso Read | MS Dhoni in ICC’s version of John Lennon’s classic ImagineFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Dhoni return IndiaFollow Team IndiaFollow Dhoni backFollow India returnFollow Dhoni in MumbaiFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs New Zealand MS Dhoni returns home after successful tours of Australia and New ZealandMS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and the rest of the Indian team returned home after winning ODI series in Australia and New Zealand. India had drawn the T20I series in Australia and lost a 3-match T20I series to the Black Caps 1-2.advertisementlast_img read more

Actress Angelina Jolie donates 1 million to UN refugee relief in Afghanistan

According to a statement by the Geneva-based agency, Ms. Jolie told UNHCR that she would contribute the money to help Afghan refugees in neighbouring asylum States such as Pakistan and Iran, which already host more than 3.5 million refugees between them. During the past year, Ms. Jolie has also contributed to UNHCR programmes for refugees in Africa and Asia.Thanking Ms. Jolie for her support, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said, “This significant contribution from a concerned young American reinforces my belief that, despite the trauma of recent events in her country, a strong sense of humanitarian responsibility toward innocent civilians suffering in far-off places continues to animate the spirit of caring individuals everywhere.””The generosity of our Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie, has encouraged all of us in the midst of an immense and complex emergency operation. We hope that others will follow her example and help us continue to protect the lives of the thousands of families fleeing their homes in Afghanistan,” he said.The actress visited Pakistan in August to meet refugees and get a first-hand look at UNHCR’s work and programmes on behalf of the 2 million Afghans already seeking refuge there. Having seen the dire plight of these refugees, she said she felt a particular concern for their situation in the looming humanitarian emergency now confronting the region. Ms. Jolie’s diary about her August visit to Pakistan will soon be published on the USA for UNHCR website.Facing a humanitarian crisis of perhaps unprecedented magnitude, UNHCR’s emergency appeal – which was revised upwards to total $268 million – covers the needs for six months of a possible influx of up to 1 million refugees into Pakistan; 400,000 into Iran; 50,000 into Tajikistan; and 50,000 into Turkmenistan.The agency is also doing additional contingency planning to supply aid to 500,000 people inside Afghanistan, involving a massive relief effort that includes the construction and maintenance of refugee camps and the delivery of more than 80,000 tents, hundreds of thousands of health and hygiene kits and a large supply of other relief items. read more

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