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Experts feel Dhoni is the best finisher
Saji Chacko  New Delhi | 13th Jul 2013

MS Dhoni hit a quickfire unbeaten 45 to steer India to a one-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

ndia captain Mahender Singh Dhoni is being rated as one of the best finishers in the one- dayers after his unbeaten knock of 45 guided India to a one wicket win Sri Lanka in the final of the tri series cricket tournament in Port of Spain, on Thursday.

Former captain and chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar says that he has not seen 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. That is the key to his greatness," said Vengsarkar.

Vengsarkar also felt that the key to Dhoni's success was his ability to stay cool and calm. "I have rarely seen a more cool and composed batsman than the India skipper. Even when the asking rate is very high and the bowlers seem to be on top, Dhoni is sure about his abilities." he said.

On his part, Kirti Azad, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team, felt that Dhoni's self belief was the key to his success as a great finisher. "No doubt there are bigger hitters than him. But then it is amazing self belief that sets him apart from the rest. I feel that Dhoni has enough confidence in his abilities to see India through the most tough times."

What amazed Vengsarkar most was the ability of the India captain to make the right decision. He cites the instance of Dhoni opting for the heavy bat in the 50th over. "Once he knew that it was Eranga who was going to bowl the last over he had no hesitation in going for the heavy bat. That I think was a very wise decision from the Indian captain. He knew that with a heavier bat he could clear the boundary by a bigger margin," said Vengsarkar.

Teammate Rohit Sharma, who anchored the innings with a responsible 58 at the top of the order, summed it up 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."

'Am blessed with good cricketing sense'

"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". "I went with a heavy bat, the weight was perfect for slogging," Dhoni said said at the presentation ceremony.

"There are 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 against him," added the Indian captain.

 
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