Mohali, March 26: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today came in for high praise from team-mate and star batsman Virat Kohli for the way he ran Bangaldesh batsman Mustafizur Rahman out and secured a thrilling 1-run victory in Bengaluru on Wednesday (March 23).
At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Dhoni effected Indian cricket most famous run out in the Twenty20 format. (Dhoni does a Bolt in Bengaluru)
With 2 runs needed for Bangladesh off the final delivery in their ICC World T20 Group 2 Super 10 match, Dhoni ran like Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt to catch Rahman short of the crease. (Dhoni loses cool at scribe)
Reflecting on that moment, Kohli, on Friday (March 26) on the eve of their "quarter-final" game against Australia, said Dhoni was "brilliant" with that run out. (Can't urge fans to behave: Kohli)
"Experience counts. He (Dhoni) has captained India in so many big games. He has also finished big games. Self-confidence and self-assurance builds over a period of time. As we all know the biggest quality is that he is calm and composed in such (pressure) situations," Kohli said when asked about how Dhoni remained calm in pressure situations and whether the skipper had to work hard to develop such quality.
On that famous run out, Kohli explained, "When some get over-excited it is important you have two or three individuals who are like that (calm), like we had Ashu bhai (Ashish Nehra), who was calm. He discussed with Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). Ashu bhai was at short fine-leg. We were at the boundary and could not give too much input.
"It was good that there was player near him (Dhoni) who could see the situation as it was and not give suggestions under excitement or emotion. It was a very important moment for us in that match."
The Delhi right-hander called Dhoni "brilliant" for not throwing the ball and running in to break the stumps.
"Everybody knows the quality of Mahi bhai is that he has composure. The most striking aspect was that he (Dhoni) did not throw the ball on the last ball. From long-on I could not make out what was the distance between the stumps and Dhoni. Eventually in that position to take such a decision in calmness, to beat (the batsman) with pace than the throw, I think that is commendable.
"It is a big risk and he took the risk with calmness. He was sure he could beat the batsman with his pace. That for me was the most brilliant thing. In such a pressure situation he decided not to throw the ball. Though he had removed his glove, he took that decision which was absolutely safe and got us the victory," Kohli showered encomiums on his team-mate.
India's focus is now to win the game against Australia tomorrow and book a spot in the semi-finals of the World T20. The calmness of Dhoni is needed again.