World Twenty20: India calm after reaching final, insists MS Dhoni
World Twenty20: Mahendra Dhoni says India have a "sense of calmness" despite reaching Sunday's final
Mahendra Dhoni revealed there is a “sense of calmness” in the India squad after setting up a World Twenty20 final clash against Sri Lanka.
Virat Kohli smashed 72 runs off 44 balls to help India reach 176-4 and secure a six-wicket victory over South Africa on Friday.
And captain Dhoni heaped praise on Kohli for his match-winning performance, as well as praising Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling performance.
“There was a sense of calmness in the team and we got a good start,” Dhoni told BBC Sport.
“The belief we have in each other is crucial and Virat has been consistent for us and it’s great to have a batsman like him at number three. He’s very special and he grabs his opportunities when they come his way.
“Ashwin was brilliant. We had some strategies and kept him for the middle overs. Overall the bowlers went for a few runs late on but there were a lot of dot balls too.”
Meanwhile, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis admitted India – and in particular Kohli – were to good for the 2007 winners.
“We batted excellently, it was a really good score against a good attack on this wicket, Ashwin bowled really well. Runs on the board is what you ask for as a captain, but MS and his team know how to chase, Virat played a really good innings and sometimes you have to give credit to a really good batting performance,” added Du Plessis.
“He’s a world-class player and has done it countless times. I play with half of them at Chennai and we win a lot of games that way.”