Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

MS Dhoni says he is blessed with good cricketing sense

MS Dhoni says he is blessed with good cricketing sense

MS Dhoni scored 45 off 52 balls, in which 15 runs came off the last over © AFP

Port of Spain: Jul 12, 2013
 
He has made a habit of coming good when the chips are down and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels his excellent finishing skills have a lot to do with the good cricketing sense he is “blessed” with.
 
Dhoni’s 52-ball 45 proved to be decisive as India lifted the ODI tri-nation series trophy after beating Sri Lanka by one wicket in a thrilling final.
 
“I think I am blessed with a bit of good cricketing sense. I knew I could get 15 runs off the last over, I’m happy that it worked,” said the beaming captain, who returned to the team after recuperating from the hamstring injury which kept him out for most part of the series.
 
Dhoni said he preferred to use a heavy bat in the final over of the title clash against Sri Lanka as it was “perfect for slogging”.
 
Of the 45 unbeaten runs that Dhoni scored, 16 came in the last over during India’s chase of 202.
 
“I went with a heavy bat, the weight was perfect for slogging,” the Man of the Match said at the presentation ceremony.
 
After bowling out Sri Lanka for 201, India rode on Dhoni and Rohit Sharma‘s half century to chase down the target with two balls to spare at the Queen’s Park Oval.
 
“15 players have been very good on the field and that is a good sign,” he added.
 
“The opposition bowler [Shaminda Eranga] was not the most experienced in that last over unlike [Lasith] Malinga, so I thought I would take my chances.”
 
Dhoni and Virat Kohli, who led the team in three matches in Dhoni’s absence, jointly accepted the winners trophy after the presenter had forgotten about it.
 
Player of the series was Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Rohit was awarded the Most Trusted Player of the Series.
 
Sharma said: “I am really happy with the way we performed. The wicket was not easy to play shots, I wanted to delay my shots and wanted to stay as long as possible in the middle.
 
Regarding the Indian captain’s knock, the Mumbaikar said, “We have seen Dhoni doing it over and over again, so it was not so much of a surprise.”
 
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews was full of praise for his bowlers.
 
“It was a great game, the bowlers showed a lot of character to defend 200. Sanga and [Lahiru] Thirimanne batted really well, but we lost momentum after that. Had we played till the end, we could have pushed it to 230-240 and that would have been enough.
 
“Herath bowled really well to bring us back into the game, but Dhoni is always a dangerous batsman. We played a good tournament throughout, didn’t win the title, but the players showed a lot of character,” Mathews said.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

IPL 2013: Chris Gayle’s monumental 175 against Pune Warriors India

Who else but Shakespeare on the World Book and Copyright Day?

IPL 2013: Shane Watson’s scintillating century against Chennai Super Kings goes in vain

John Small — The first man to use a straight bat

IPL 2014: Dwayne Bravo’s absence a major blow for Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sachin Tendulkar turns 41, celebrating birthday away from cricket field

IPL 2014 set to break all records

Saleem Malik hits out at PCB for not reviewing his life ban

IPL 2014: Ravindra Jadeja says he enjoys bowling after Chennai’s win over Rajasthan

David Miller believes three consecutive wins in IPL 2014 ‘phenomenal’ for Kings XI Punjab

Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar — The lesser known records

Happy birthday, Sachin Tendulkar: April 24 in history of cricket

Why was it always Sachin Tendulkar versus someone else?

Why Yorkshire was the ideal county for Tendulkar in the Championship

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Apple Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads sold

Sonakshi Sinha beats Akshay Kumar in basketball – Watch video!

Champions League: Real Madrid hold on to 1-0 win against Bayern Munich

Is Cameron Diaz planning holiday for Gwyneth Paltrow?

Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar — The lesser known records

Apple iPhone sales in India grew 55% year-on-year

Happy birthday, Sachin Tendulkar: April 24 in history of cricket

Sachin Tendulkar turns 41: 19 interesting things to know about the Master Blaster

Also on cricketcountry.com