It was vintage M.S. Dhoni in action against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday at the ongoing IPL.
Not that the former Indian skipper is too old to play such knocks, but that manner in which he played his 61 not out innings was a delight for Indian cricket fans.
His team, Rising Pune Supergiant, had to chase 177. At one point the target for RPS was 47 off 18. Yet the ever-so-cool Dhoni kept hitting till the last ball.
This was reason enough for Virat Kohli, the Dhoni’s successor as skipper of the Indian team, to celebrate:
Ms Dhoni does what he’s done with so much confidence over the years. What a champion knock. Great to watch 💪
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 22, 2017
But Kohli was not the only one. Amitabh Bachchan joined in the applause for Dhoni.
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 22, 2017
And why would Sehwag and his witty style be left behind?
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 22, 2017
Praises were showered on Dhoni by one and all on Twitter:
Just seen highlights of @msdhoni innings! Vintage form! Every other team will now be very nervous when Rising Pune Supergiants bat 2nd!
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 23, 2017
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) April 22, 2017
When it comes to running fast:
Usain Bolt < Virat Kohli < MS Dhoni #RPSvSRH
— Gautam (@gautamverma23) April 22, 2017
Masterful innings by Dhoni. Great to see him back in form. Nobody can be a greater finisher. Takes @RPSupergiants to a nail-biting win.
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) April 22, 2017
Dhoni was excellent today. When he begins to hit boundaries through cover and point, you know he’s in form. The leg side hits are a given 🙂
— Chinmay Bhogle (@chinmaybhogle) April 22, 2017
The master still has it. #Dhoni
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 22, 2017
The sleeping lion is awake. Never put a great man down. Dhoni is,was and always will be a class act.
— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) April 22, 2017
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) April 22, 2017
MS Dhoni is a beast! So calm under pressure…wow!
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) April 22, 2017
Dhoni’s performance proved that he is still the best when it comes to finishers.