Mumbai: After guiding India to a nail-biting victory over Sri Lanka in the tri-series final, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has again staked claim to the title of the best-ever finisher in the history of ODI cricket. (Agencies)
Former captain and chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar admits that he has not witnessed a better finisher than the Jharkhand dasher.
"It was a great fight-back from the young Indian brigade after losing initial games. Dhoni has a great temperament and, by far, he's the best finisher I have ever seen. He just doesn't get flustered at any stage of the game," Vengsarkar said.
He was referring to India's triumph in the tournament after losing their first two round robin matches against Lanka and hosts West Indies in the earlier part of the tournament and Dhoni's match-winning unbeaten knock which guided India home to victory by one wicket from a precarious situation in the low-scoring tri-series final at the Queen's Park Oval.
The T20 format, which has gained tremendous popularity all over the world has made players innovate much more than ever before. But Dhoni has shown his killer instinct much before it gained currency.
Even before displaying his superb finishing skills in the T20 format, especially in the attention-grabbing Indian Premier League, 'Captain Cool' had shown what he is capable of in the slog phase of a run-chase in the 50-over games.
In 226 ODIs, he has amassed over 7,300 runs with 8 centuries and 48 half centuries, but his clear-cut ability as a great finisher is revealed by the fact that he has remained unbeaten once in every four innings.
Teammate Rohit Sharma, who anchored the innings with a responsible and fighting 58 at the top of the order, put it aptly.
"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," said Rohit.
Mumbai: After guiding India to a nail-biting victory over Sri Lanka in the tri-series final, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has again staked claim to the title of the best-ever finisher in the history of ODI cricket.