‘Keeping Calm’ is MS Dhoni’s Key to a Successful Run Chase
After guiding Rising Pune Supergiant to a thrilling last ball six wicket win against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the key to successful run chases is staying "calm".
Dhoni, who blasted a 34-ball unbeaten 61 to take his side home on the final ball of the innings, said he doesn't take pressure of the mounting asking rate and its only about how the opposition bowlers execute and how the batsmen seize the advantage.
Hailing the way Manoj Tiwary complimented him towards the end, man-of-the-match Dhoni said:
Acknowledging that the chase wasn't the easiest, Dhoni said Pune could do it only because they had big hitters in the side.
Heaping praise on the efforts of the 35-year-old stumper, Pune skipper Steve Smith said:
The six wicket win has helped Pune jump from last to the fourth spot in the IPL team standings and Smith is confident of getting up the ladder with four more home games.
"It was a 160-165 wicket, we probably didn't execute our plans as well as I thought. We batted really well, (Rahul) Tripathi at the top and MS did what he's done for such a long time. We have four games now at home and one in Mumbai and hopefully we can get up the ladder."