When Makhaya Ntini almost hung himself after losing ODI series to India

first_imgMakhaya Ntini, who was one of the most successful South African pacers, isn’t relishing his second innings. Ntini, 38, who took over as Zimbabwe’s interim coach before the series against India is fuming over his team’s spineless show against the visitors. (Match Highlights | Scorecard)ALMOST HUNG MYSELFExpressing his disappointment, Ntini said he almost hung himself watching Zimbabwe surrender the series to India after a crushing eight-wicket defeat in the second ODI at the Harare Sports Club on Monday. (Also read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni ends 20-month wait for ODI series win) “I almost hung myself,” Ntini was quoted as saying by AFP.”If there was a tomato tree outside I would have hung myself in that tomato tree.”‘IT’S NO GOOD’Unlike the first ODI in which none of the Zimbabwe batsmen had answers to the Indian bowling attack, Vusi Sibanda and Chamu Chibhabha stood up and stitched a 67-run fourth-wicket stand in the second game. However, Zimbabwe imploded after Chibahbha’s fall, losing their last six wickets for just 20 runs.”It’s no good. We have experienced players with us who can easily read the game. We were in the perfect position.”India’s second-string team, led-by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, needed just 26.5 overs to get the target as Lokesh Rahul, Karun Nair and Ambati Rayudu played their roles to perfection at the top of the batting order.ANGRY ZIMBABWE FANSNotably, Ntini, after taking over as interim coach earlier this month, had hit out at teams who kept sending their second-string teams to Zimbabwe.advertisement”We want to compete with the big boys. We’re creating a new venture here.”We want to make sure that this country gets to play more games, and if you send us a team that is not your strongest team, we’re going to put them under the carpet so that they go home and tell people that they need to send their strongest team,” Ntini was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.However, after a feeble showing against the Indian side, disappointed Zimbabwe fans at the stadium, held placards to stage something of a protest against their players.One of the placards read: “We cannot support disaster, calamity and quagmire of epic proportions.”last_img

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