India v Sri Lanka, tri-series final, Port-of-Spain

'Dhoni has done it over and over for us' - Rohit

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July 12, 2013

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Shaminda Eranga is forlorn while MS Dhoni and Ishant Sharma celebrate victory, India v Sri Lanka, tri-series final, Port-of-Spain, July 11, 2013
MS Dhoni said Shaminda Eranga's inexperience was key in the final over © AFP
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India batsman Rohit Sharma has said his team's victory in the tri-series final against Sri Lanka came as no surprise to the dressing room, despite the pressure of the last over, as it always had confidence in captain MS Dhoni, who has "done it over and over for us". Dhoni said that he wasn't panicking either, using his "good cricketing sense" to deal with the situation.

"I think I am blessed with a bit of good cricketing sense. I thought 15 runs was something that I could look for [in the final over], the reason being the opposition's bowler was not someone who is very experienced," Dhoni said after the match. "So I thought, rather than taking on a Malinga or a Mathews, I'd take it to the end, and it really worked in our favour."

India were on course in their chase of 202 while on 139 for 3 in the 32nd over. But Sri Lanka fought back with a flurry of wickets, mainly through Rangana Herath, leaving India tottering at 167 for 8. Dhoni, returning from a hamstring injury for this match, turned down a few singles, and was content to play out Mathews and Malinga. That left India needing 15 runs off Shaminda Eranga's final over and Dhoni, after a change of bat, won it with two balls to spare.

Dhoni said he was looking for a heavier bat to get those final hits away. "That was a 2kg bat, a very heavy bat, it was needed at that point of time. Apart from it being a very good bat, I think the weight of the bat was perfect also."

Rohit, who set up the innings with a battling 58, said the pitch was quite tricky: "The wicket was not easy to play shots on, so I just wanted to delay my shots [and] bat till the end, but unfortunately it didn't happen. But it came out really well in the end.

"Dhoni has done it over and over for us, so we were all positive in the dressing room. We've seen him doing it for many years now. This wasn't any surprise."

Sri Lanka's captain, Angelo Mathews, said his team did well to stretch India as much as they did. "Our bowlers showed a lot of character, especially Herath. He brought us back into the game [and] almost helped us defend 200."

Herath had dealt India a double-blow in the 38th over, trapping Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin lbw off consecutive deliveries. But, in the end, it was another loss for Sri Lanka in a one-day tournament final. Mathews said his batsmen should have done better, after being 171 for 2. "To get to the finals, once again we showed heart, played positive cricket, but once again we couldn't cross the line.

"After Sangakkara and Thirimanne got out, we just panicked and kept losing wickets. We didn't have the momentum to go at the end. We kept taking wrong options. If we had batted through the 50 overs, we would have got to 230-240."

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Posted by IPSY on (July 16, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

jango_moh, True to form, you watched all these games and let your emotions and love for one player fool you! Let me give you one example of SRT's figures before Ganguly and Dravid joined him in 1996 - his test match record. And once again, please do your own research: " Up to 1996 when Dravid and Ganguly joined the team, SRT had already played 46 matches; batted in 70 innings and had an average of 43.83 - just an ordinary player. When Dravid retired after playing his entire career with SRT, SRT's average jumped to 56! Note: Before SRT, team India with Gavascar and Kapil Dev was a force to be reckoned with in world cricket and fans focused on the exploits of Gavascar, Dev along with the team. Then came SRT and the whole focus was now diverted to him for every little thing he did, which was not much (as the stats shows); and India cricket became just SRT winning nothing! It was only when Ganguly and Dravid joined the team, India became competitive again - though SRT reaps the credit!

Posted by jango_moh on (July 16, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

@IPSY... ur funny!!!! ive been watching almost every match of india (tests, odis and t20s), since 1996 when i got hooked onto cricket.... and you would never have made the comments u made if you had too!!!! enough said!!!

Posted by alarky on (July 15, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

Chandrasekaran Vijayaraghavan, you are so right, Michael Holding played his last international match in February 1987, but I guess when you saw SRT playing against him in that "said test match, SRT really dominated his bowling"! You guys are just writing and unfortunately thinking things based on your emotions. I agree that you all need to read a bit more, then you all would start to be more respectful and receptive of the plain truth that are embedded in the cricket records! Read - don't depend on those commentators who analyse cricket based on their emotions! I hope you realise also that when SRT was failing for all of 6 to 7 years, not able to cope with these high quality bowlers, in one of the best eras of bowling in history, there were other batters in the world hammering these said bowlers! You see the reason why, though I respect SRT very highly, I can't rate him among some of these names that used to perform so "Dhoniesque" against the best, while Sachin waited on the minnows!

Posted by android_user on (July 14, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

dhoni is a gr8 captain

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

@IPSY: Mind you , SRT was an opener facing Wasim, Waqar, McGrath, Warne, Murli, Hadlee, Holding, Walsh, Ambrose, Saqi, Vaas, Heath Streak (forgot him?), Pollock, Donals etc... and on lively pitches as well. They would have made someone like MSD dance for their tune. Am not taking any thing away form MSD though, am a huge fan of him but to compare him and infact rate him higher than MSD you should be wither a soccer fan or an alien.

Posted by AricentHarish on (July 13, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

@ Gc Sekhar, MS himself said in the post-match presentation "The opposition bowler in that last over was not experienced, so I thought I would take my chances". So, it is not about the last over. It is about not doing against Malinga and Mathews. And Dhoni himself wasn't 'so sure' of making it. He had took his chances.

Posted by IPSY on (July 13, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Continued: I am bold enough to say that even though MSD has not played for even half of SRT's time, comparing SRT to MSD is like chalk and cheese as far as VALUABLE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES are concerned! In fact, MSD in his short stint has already SINGLE HANDEDLY won more matches for India than SRT has done in his overly long and extended career!

Posted by IPSY on (July 13, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

nellaiseemai, I don't know where you got the idea that sometime ago, SRT "was playing the role of Rohit and Dhoni together for many matches"! This has never happened in Indian cricket! And I'm encouraging some of you to do a little research before you write your opinions. You may remember that I wrote sometime ago, that the performance of SRT was rather poor, and it was only when Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly joined the Indian team and began to perform really well that SRT himself started to show some improvement. I usually like to qualify what I write with facts and figures - you may be stunned by them: For the 7 year period1989 to 1995, just before Dravid and Ganguly made the Indian team, SRT averaged a paltry 29.99 after playing in 102 matches in 7 long years! In fact, he had played for 6 years 1989 to 1994 before he scored a single 100. And it was only the EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITIES that were given to him which no other player in the world gets, why he has his overhyped records.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (July 13, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

@Gc Sekhar, Dhoni is counting on the nerves of the bowler defending in the last over and making mistakes. He is also counting on himself staying calm in those moments. Also, it gives him more time to get his eye in and assess the bowlers and balls to pick and to hit eventually. Also, it gives him time to use less risky shots and accumulate runs. If he gets the target by just accumulating with singles and doubles, he users the last heave for 6 for the very last run for victory. In this game it is very clear that they were not able to rotate well and get singles and doubles as needed, as Srilanka did well to stop those and the pitch was bad.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Brilliant from MSD. And Cool etc- - Absolutely. Just one Query- if MSD was so sure of making it in the 50th Over- why was he not doing it in the 46th over? After all there as only 1 wicket left both times..

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Just like hordes of other cricket fans, i am looking forward 2 rohit's test debut, a format where he actually belongs. What better place than SA. i want 2 see steyn & co steaming in and rohit playing his favorite pull shots. That would b awesome. A renwed rivalry like sachin-mcgrath on field is gone unravel soon, ofcourse selectors & god-permitting. Exciting times r ahead for all test cricket fans when batting class like rohit, virat , devillers, pujara, darren bravo, root etc will b facing likes of steyn morkel, patinson, cumins, junaid, anderson etc. given they r all young, v can cherish them for few good years together.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

people who criticise rohit for his temperament should have a look at his first class statistics: 57 matches, avg: 60.05, 100's 15 & 50's 20. that show's more than 45% he goes on 2 make 100 if goes past 50. also his highest is 309*. so guy's stop bashing him. To me he exudes class which matches sachin. I am sachin fan from age of 9, & now rohit has given me reason 2 watch cricket after sachin in terms of batting display. Had he not injured himself on d eve of nagpur test 2009, v would have seen altogether a different rohit sharma. he's batting is so mesmerising that he can keep u glued hrs 2 tv. Destiny's child he is, he's on his way 2 greatness. Just give him a break in test cricket. i am sure he will win many more hearts world over.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

No doubt, MSD is the best finisher on earth and has bailed out the team on numerous occasions. What the other top and middle order batsmen are doing in the team? Why is it left to poor MSD time and again to earn the team a win out of hopeless situations? Why can't the any of the top or middle order batsmen hold one end and play a longer innings? Why are they content making some 30, 40 runs which is enough to safeguard their career? Instead of showering praises on their captain, let them play their role to perfection first!

Having chosen cricket as a career, isn't it wise for Ashwin to workout on his fitness? He needs to shed at least a 10 kgs now or quit from the game and choose a career in engineering. Again, on that day he hasn't bowled even 1/10th of how Herath bowled and yet, what stature he's bestowed upon! Does he deserve it? Is he a strike bowler for us really taking 1 Wkt/match? Does he need to play across to that Herath delivery when all he had to do was to take a single once

Posted by nyc_missile on (July 13, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

Rohit's innings was the foundation for this win..just like Gambhir was,for 2011 WC final.Dhoni finished it only because the tougher bit i.e. pitch & bowling was handled impeccably by Rohit and he steered the chase quite admirably.Not his fault that he got an absolute crawler ;nobody would have survived it. So jumping up and down on Dhoni is fine but Rohit gets 50% credit for the win IMO

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 2:27 GMT)

Dhoni played with. Doubtful hamstring, took a catch, three stumpings before winning the match with the bat for India. Credit should also go to him for the self confidence he has given to him team, that now they think that can get out of any situation. We are lucky to have you Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 23:17 GMT)

Dhoni is a showman. He puts on a wonderful show, over and over again. How he does it, I don't know. But he seems to be very calculative as well. He targeted an inexperienced bowler, who was chosen by the SL captain, in his infinite wisdom. Aren't u supposed to pick the best among your bowlers? What was Mathews thinking?

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (July 12, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

@unmesh_cric, won't it be great to see him in test cricket. Tendulkar said he does not have many more days left. Rohit will be high on the list to take the spot. Vijay showed great temperament and has played the most number of balls and minutes in the last two test matches. The selectors will likely continue with Vijay and with good reason. It will then come to playing form between Vijay and Rohit. Rohit of course makes a strong case to be in starting 11 for any test series outside the sub continent. He is also a natural in fielding and is probably in the top 5 best fielders from India.

Posted by nyc_missile on (July 12, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

Rohit deserves a test spot..dont know in whose place but after these masterful innings under pressure in testing conditions.What more do you want in terms of test quality? He also showed that he's willing to buckle down under pressure and play selflessly for the team. Massive transformation from 6 months ago.Will be truly wasted if not picked for the tests NOW.Will be 2011 all over, again when he played well in WI& got benched for the whole Oz series.Thereafter got rusty and lazy which has to be avoided now. Sachin should be ashamed of himself since if he goes out,there are at-least 3 young talented folks waiting to play for India.Rohit, Tiwary& Rayudu.

Posted by kadampan on (July 12, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Defiantly Dhoni is best player in these conditions, there is no question about it. But he is the one who created these conditions. He did not rotate the strike by denying the singles due to injury. Had he rotated the strike and took that extra run India would have been in a better position. And to add to the that first ball singles when Vinaykumar was batting and left the 5 balls to a tail end batsman. He created the conditions to raise enough doubts in a match which would have won without final over tension. And after the situation was created like that he is the best in the world to fix it. As usual any comment against Iceman will not get published.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (July 12, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

@CricketFanIndUS, you are not alone..I am also a Rohit Sharma fan! I am really happy that he is doing well as an opener in ODIs. I hope he is given a chance in Tests this year where he actually belongs. Rohit is one of the few Indian players who is not bothered about the extra bounce and pace. It would be perfect if he makes a Test debut in South Africa...waiting to watch him play his favorite pull shot against Dale Steyn and co. Go Rohit!!

Posted by NP_NY on (July 12, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

@nellaiseemai: Look, we all like Sachin. But I've never seen any Indian cricketer that has such a cool, calm and calculating mindset as MSD. When it comes to being a finisher in ODIs, Sachin does not even come close to MSD. Remeber, Sachin played for a long time and didn't win his first world cup until MSD became captain. That should tell you something.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (July 12, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

contd...... Sorry, hit the post button by mistake . . . If Rohit got a chance a play test cricket early on in his career, he may have blossomed differently. Who knows what beautiful things he might have produced. I am guessing he will do well in SA and Australia, like he has done in WI twice.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (July 12, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

@IPSY, it is nice to see that fans are appretiating Rohit. I also think what would have been if Rohit played that test he was picked to play before his injury. Also, we had such giants playing test cricket that it was hard for him to break in to t

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 12, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

MSD - what can we say !! The ICEMAN of India and Captain Cool par excellence. The best leader of men in world cricket at the moment. When he is around, India will NEVER lose.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

MS Dhoni is the coolest cricket brain India has produced. He is amazingly calm in the most trying of situations. He is blessed with a successful gut feeling. He inspires the team. He rarely gets disturbed. No doubt his confidence is rubbing off on his team. There may be wins and losses in Sport, but for the manner in which Dhoni has led India, there is little doubt he is fast emerging as the best Cricket Captain India ever had!

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Dhoni has been coming in the list of legends before completing significant years. The way he controls the game with the confidence and always challenge himself to prove. such an exceptional player and will likely to break many captains record if he'll get support from the bowlers till his last match.

Posted by Nampally on (July 12, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Despite Rohit Sharma's vote of confidence, doom & gloom was evident on the faces of all Indian players as soon as Vinay was out after a wild "Hoick". TV does not lie. But Dhoni had his own plans & he executed to perfection - including changing his bat to do the job ahead. Dhoni & Raina have been the 2 best finishers of the short format- ODI & T20. They did this time & again in IPL & in ODI. So much so that most fans now know as long as MSD is at the crease, the game is never lost whatever the score is. He has always kept that flame of hope burning. He has the confidence & super skills to finish the game with a "W". He pulled the carpet once more from right under the SL feet with 2 sixers & a four to finish the game with an emphatic win. A big lesson for Indian batting is that they are still missing the "king pin" sheet anchor. The Selectors have included Pujara in the squads for both Zimbabwe & SA. Hopefully Pujara & Kohli will provide the 1-2 Punch to the Indian middle order.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (July 12, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Rohit played beautifully until that unplayable ball got him. He constructed that innings so well that Rameez Raja praised him a lot on his temperament, his skills and production. Just as he was taking off he gets a very low ball. Rohit did very well in this series and in CT2013. I am really happy that he is getting some breaks and with a little bit of luck and hard work he can solidify his production and get many more victories for India. I was full of anticipation to see great knocks from him last year, but in ODIs he ran into a bad patch and I was very disappointed. I was also afraid that he will lose his place in the team and may not easily get a chance until perhaps an overseas series. Sure, some of our other top batsmen have done better than him over a period of time, but Rohit delivered this year very well. Now, I am hoping for great things from my favorite player!

Posted by nellaiseemai on (July 12, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

For those of you who compares Dhoni above Sachin, well thats your opinion. But remember, in analogy to today's match, Sachin was playing the role of Rohit and Dhoni together for many matches. India although had Dravid and Ganguly after about 8 years of Sachin's career there was no proper match finishers. People had very short memories. How many times Sachin played the role of Rohit (of course many times better than what Rohit did today - strike rate and average) and Dhoni (of course India lost few - remember 175 vs Aus (Hyderabad) many 150's). But many times he did both the roles successfully (CB series final Aus, many world cup encounters vs Pak, Eng, Sri (remember the SF at Calcutta - once Sachin gone everyone is gone - Kambli weeping etc). But nothing to hide the fact that Dhoni is very best in finishing matches one of the greats of the game in that aspect. But dont forget the contribution of Sachin.

Posted by IPSY on (July 12, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Rohit is correct! And, since Sunil Gavascar, India has at last produced an "INDISPUTABLE BEST-IN-THE-WORLD"! But ironically, now that the Indian commentators and nationals have a genuine genius to brag about, I don't hear them saying enough about him! What a world! I'm also very glad that Rohit is given the chance he deserves to prove his unmatchable class. I must also confess that I too was wrong in my assessment of him. I likened him to Carl Hooper (the Queen of batting) thinking he lacked concentration. But Rohit is proving everybody wrong - he can concentrate! And if he had played a few test matches already, his concentration capabilities would have already been improved, and by now, he would have been India's best batsman, as he really has more class than any other young batsman in India. Since Gavascar, he is undisputedly the best player of real fast bowling that India has produced. I conclude by begging the fans in India to please give MSD his optimum due. He richly deserves it!

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Kuddos to Dhoni , i hear a faint rhyme ,a rhyme that says Sachin , time to go ,there is new God in cricket ... For me Dhoni has actually surpassed Sachin all sections of cricket ,he lets his team mates play before him even when he knows if he were to start the innings he would have hit 50 century and even maybe first ODI triple hundred, he plays for the team rather than for himself , and has a uncanny habit of taking the cup home , literally never never chokes, gets as much bad press as Sachin and still proves them wrong time and again.....From an ex Sachin fan !!!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 12, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

@jaguar7777, yes you are right. Indian batting is very strong but they still struggled to score 201. Second batting looked even harder and SL bowling was excellent too. Dhoni giving ball to part time bowlers also helped SL to post 201. Otherwise score probably would have been around 170 which should not be a tough chase relatively. But he took that responsibility and finsihed it. I know everyone who is now appreciating Dhoni would have blamed him if India had lost this match.

Posted by jaguar7777 on (July 12, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

as much as i think dhoni is god's gift to indian cricket he makes his share of mistakes too. the teams batting first had won generally in the just concluded tri-nation tournament as it is very difficult to chase on slow uneven surfaces.he also let sri- lanka get away using part time bowlers.one might say the end result matters but i think it would much easier to bat first and post a good total and defend it.

Posted by SanjuPrabu on (July 12, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

I rate this innings as high than his best highest ODI score 183 against the same opponent

Posted by iamgroot on (July 12, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Sri Lanka did very well in this match after getting 201. It was a kind of score which was almost a match winning score. There were so many occasions which could have gone against India and Sri Lanka could have won easily. Rohit sharma played well. So did gambhir in WC 2011 but this game would have been lost without Dhoni. I just want to point out. Dhoni's innings was very crucial especially on this wicket. Wickets were falling and there was some ridiculous running from the other end by ishanth. what i mean to say is Having a good opener alone is not enough if you dont have a finisher like Dhoni.. We had sehwag , Gambhir and now Rohit showed a little consistency in two series that were played BUT you NEED Dhoni to win Titles. Dhoni's innings decide the match fate whether it is LOST or WON. Examples Indian victory in WC finals and yesterday and many many matches in last 10 years. Yes Dhoni completed 10 years in Indian cricket. International cricket. SO SALUTE DHONI. Congrats India

Posted by Texmex on (July 12, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

I think Dhoni is a superman, but come on bowling part timers for 9 overs to new batsmen was terrible strategy! But for that SL would not have crossed 150. Also his idea of always leaving it to the last over may come to bite in the future.

Posted by satishchandar on (July 12, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

As much as credit goes to MS, the team was really special.. Even without MSD, they just rocked by playing great cricket.. The team was in a fast downslide by losing first game narrowly and then a trashing of dreams.. Too difficult to come out of it really.. But fought very well in adverse conditions and earned two bonus point victories to reach finals as favorites.. The kind of come back by the bowlers to get 8-30 from a very strong position was the real game breaker.. With 203 target, it required sensible batting and India almost did with 4 batsmen getting starts.. No big collapse at the start of the innings will pave way for one set batsman to finish it off.. A big concern as they left it too late but when you have one of the best finisher, need not worry about from where the big hits will come when needed.. He knows when to do and how to do.. Wonderful to see Virat captaining the team well when in danger of eliminated out.. Team won't be in dark when MS is hurt.. Great team work..

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Well Done India Congrats. India will be back to home with 2 trophies i thing they truly deserve this win. MSD once again made a huge difference very cool and calm young team great future ahead for Indian Cricket Team finally they coming back to home after couple of months they need lot of rest ahead of Australia series and South africa series. Zimbabawe series will be exciting for youngsters hope they relish the opportunity likes ambati Rayadu vinay kumar will get more chance. Keep going India Chak de India

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

rohit is an unsung hero...................he set the chase

Posted by KingOwl on (July 12, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

Well, as a SL fan, I feel gutted. But, I am a great admirer of MS and you have to give it to him. Well done, MS. He was the difference.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

This last over victory remainded me of the last ball sixer in sharjah by miandad off Chetan sharma

Posted by criclog on (July 12, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Dhoni is like a chess player he always thinks about the next move from the opposition and then reacts accordingly. Generally every one's thinking more revolves around making strategies according to their strength and they are least bothered about what opposition is thinking, but Dhoni's strength is capability to read opposition weakness.

Posted by srhome on (July 12, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

@Jose: By showing charater he meant that they fought it out. You only fight it out when the going gets tough. This was one such occasion. He means, instead of wilting under pressure the team fought it out and thereby displaying character

Posted by android_user on (July 12, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

dhoni no doubt is one of the top finishers of all time.....but my question is that if dhoni does not score...what will happen to india...too much dependence on him is not good

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

What is meant by this usage: "Character!". Many captains use it and say ' "My boys showed a lot of character in this match"... As if, on other occasions they don't possess decent characters! Can anyone throw some light on this? Either readers or any of the columnists, please help me out! An old student and admirer of English language.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (July 12, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

This innings has confirmed that Dhoni is THE GREATEST ODI finishers of all time - this innings puts him above Michael Bevan, no questions. Bevan's finishing was based on frantic quick singles and two's with a few big hits in the middle. But even Bevan can not match Dhoni's devastating finishing!!!

Posted by DingDong420 on (July 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

So good to see this attitude from the Indians, a few years ago India would've lost their nerve after Raina got out.

Dhoni is a lucky captain, its a good trait to have!

Posted by A.Ak on (July 12, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Dhoni does some calculations and make a plan with right sense, it pays off more often than not. I think thats what makes him consistent.

Posted by android_user on (July 12, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Sabhash Dhoni. I been following cricket for about 35 years. I haven't seen someone like Dhoni read the game. Fantastic. You are an asset. God bless you.

Posted by premendrasinghal on (July 12, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

oh what would i say he has done it again snatched from them. speechless

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Dhoni has done it again for India. It's not an easy job to stick on with the tail enders and cross the victory mark.The self belief he has on himself made India the ODI champions.Coming to the overall Series Perfomance:

Rohith: should learn to make big scores Dhawan: need consistency Virat: good but not upto his mark Karthik: not at all good.Zimbabwe series is very crucial for him. Raina: need to justify his place in the team by finishing the game. Dhoni: played good role as usual. Jadeja: need more technique in his batting. ashwin: not bad bhuvaneshwar: became great young aspirant for india. Ishanth: need to know how to ball at death. Yadav: need to improve a lot.

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 12, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

Indian team needs to learn from Dhoni instead of continually depending on him. Sharma himself played really well, it does not matter if he he did not score a century. Its his contribution to a win that counts!!!!!!

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

A Great Leader who is leading front the front, a great captain, a great player and finally a great finisher in the game of cricket. All Indians are really proud of your style in which you are planning and finishing the game in favour of India.You are too good and a blessed player. Your courage, confidence, cool attitude towards the end of the game and finally finishing the game with maximum power to demoralize the opponent is absolutely amazing M.S.Dhoni. May god bless you with 100 more years to take India to the top of the game in every formats. You are the best example for the younger generation and the whole world is admiring your game and the leadership.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Its just unbelievable calmness. Hope he doesn't drag all the matches to the last over coz that would only increase the Blood Pressure of lot of Indians.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

@hari - on the contrary ganguly always considered dhoni as a brilliant odi player and captain, and it was in tests where he questioned his position.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

The man wid exceptional sense of humor has done it again for india. But Given the situation he had almost lost it for india. i simply don't understand his tactis.go for big when dere is nothing to lose.. It may cost him at some bigger stages, hopefully it hasn't been the case so far...No Doubt about his talent which he has shaped nicely as we all know he is not that technical sort of player yet he creates his own logic and delivers. it's gud to see india win under dhoni's captaincy. as ganguly has mentioned in an interview that dhoni is a bit of gambler,but it totally depends on gambler when to take risks, Dhoni knows his strength and uses in best possible manner unlike rohit sharma,,,,A waste talent.Repeating same mistakes over and over again and expecting for diffrent outcomes, though he made a decent contribution in current series but dat doesn't justify his place.coz he has the worst strike rate. I really want to see yuvraj in current squad as he is a crowd puller and a true champ!

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

It is heartening 2 hear that d team confides so much in dhoni's ability 2 finish of games, but 2 be honest they should'nt have been in that mess at first place. rohit played a very handy innings, but got 2 a bowl that kept very low. but 15 runs in last over can go either way. Dhoni did say he marked his bowler, but it was more of psycological dominance he had on d bowler who just wilted under pressure.It was also poor thinking from mathews who should have taken d mantle of d last over.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Dhoni Epitomizes the model small town individual, who may come across as cocky, or sometimes even complacent.. but in reality, confidence is all that they have backing them... well done MSD... u inspire more people than you will ever realise!!

Posted by doublerainbow on (July 12, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

What a waste of an article - does not have any additional info than what you read in the commentary!

Posted by   on (July 12, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

Its always a surprise to see Indians doing wel in West Indies. I've never seen India having a upper hand.Credit goes to India this time for having the title. Its Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni , the hot topic now in India. When ever he's criticized he'll come back stronger. Even Mr. Sourav changed his words to praising Dhoni as the best ever captain and should lead Dream XI. Some thing that surprising isnt' it? Lessons can be learnt from him to life that dont Panic and belive in your abiities

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India won by 1 wicket (with 2 balls remaining)
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