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Dhoni returns home after historic win

cricket Updated: Apr 09, 2009 20:59 IST

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India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, after leading his side to a historic Test series victory against New Zealand on their own backyard, returned home amid tight security in Ranchi on Thursday.

Dhoni, who arrived at the Birsa Munda Airport to a warm welcome, was greeted by his friends. Scores of fans were also present at the airport to cheer the flamboyant cricketer.

India clinched the three-Test series against the Black Caps 1-0 after the third match in Wellington ended in a draw on Tuesday. Dhoni's men won the first Test in Hamilton by 10 wickets and the second match in Napier was ended in a draw.

This was India's first Test series victory on New Zealand soil since Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's team achieved that feat in 1967-68.

India had earlier clinched the five-match one-day series 3-1, also their first series win in the shorter version of the game in New Zealand.