As he launched Lonwabo Tsotsobe towards long-on, Mahendra Singh Dhoni exhorted non-striker Ravindra Jadeja to keep running towards the batting end. It wasn't because Dhoni foresaw Francois du Plessis - the batting duo's Chennai Super Kings teammate - dropping the catch. The Indian captain wanted Jadeja, who had already faced a few deliveries, to get on strike instead of the new man coming in.
It was a very normal and logical slice of cricket, though increasingly, that's an aspect that is rapidly going out of the game. Most batsmen just start walking in the direction of the dressing room the moment they put the ball up in the air for what would appear a straightforward catch. What Dhoni did wasn't something extraordinary. But what it did do was show that even in extenuating circumstances, Dhoni has the extraordinary ability to keep his wits about him.
Not even when he lost eight consecutive Tests overseas must Dhoni have found himself under as much scrutiny and pressure as he does now. A captain is only as good as his team, and Dhoni couldn't have done too much different, given that his exceptional batting unit came a collective cropper time after time, first in England and then in Australia. Dhoni's own form was less than spectacular, but how much could he be blamed when the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir went through those two series without even a single century between them?