Rising Pune Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming said about the beauty of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hitting power which makes first innings of impact this season of IPL. While targeting of 47 runs, before Dhoni closed the match by last ball four, the final three overs was reduced match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
According to the RPS coach, Fleming said in the event of Pune’s upcoming match “It was vintage, wasn’t it. It was a performance that was befitting of a man who has the reputation of being a great finisher.”
The 44-year-old former New Zealand cricketer said about Dhoni’s non-performance, “There has been a discussion around when was the last time he has played an innings like that. You have to remember playing an innings like that [is hard].”
“We had got a bit blasé about how special they were. But yesterday, he proved again that when he is in the mood and has got the sight or the feel for the bowling, he is still the most destructive closer that the game has seen.”
“People were questioning his form, but certainly from the finishing point of view, I will reiterate we have got a bit blasé because it was happening so often. We benefited from it at Chennai [Super Kings] a lot and people were yearning for a performance like that. And like all great players do, he delivered,” said RPS coach.
He said Dhoni was alert about running out of time to repeat those qualifications. Fleming said “Yes, [he was anxious]. He was determined. He has been training a lot. He has certainly hit a lot of balls and it was all building up to an innings of substance.”
“He desperately wants us to do well this year. After last year, we all felt that we needed more contributions from everybody. He, in particular, was the one to put his hand up. So he has been wanting to win a game.”
“[Steven] Smith, as well, has been wanting to win a game and our players want to contribute and one of our biggest did that yesterday which was great.”