One of the biggest traits of a big player is that he always performs during the big occasions or when his team needs him the most and Mahendra Singh Dhoni had to do something similar when he walked out to bat against Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier at the Wankhede.
Barring the 61-run knock to guide his team to a brilliant thrilling win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, there were no such notable contributions from Dhoni in the ongoing tournament but the former India skipper had to do well in the ongoing match.
He came to the crease when the Pune-based outfit was reeling at 89 for three in the 13th over. The team was in dire need of some quick runs but with the Mumbai bowlers bowling a disciplined line, Dhoni and his partner Manoj Tiwary found it tough to get going.
In the next five overs after Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal, they could score only 32 runs before Dhoni took the onus on himself to steer his side to a good total.
Manoj Tiwary hit a four and six off the first two balls of the penultimate over out of which one was a no-ball before giving the strike to Dhoni. Dhoni failed to score runs off the third delivery but a huge six off the very next ball. With pressure building on the bowler, he bowled two wides. Then came the fifth ball of the over which was very much in the slot but Dhoni failed to make any contact with the ball. As expected, Dhoni was furious with the miss and expressed his frustration by swinging his bat. But he made amends for the miss on the next delivery but depositing the ball over the long-off boundary.
Here is a clip of that incident:
Dhoni continued his form in the final over and hit two more sixes to steer his side to 161 for 4 in the allotted 20 overs.