India's comprehensive seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the ICC World Twenty20 Super-10 opener has impressed the pundits. After all, it was India's first international win against a major team in 2014 after scoring victories over lower-ranked Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup earlier this month. (Scorecard | Highlights)
What was really heartening to see was that, in a highly anticipated clash, it was India, who clearly won the battle of nerves and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni deserved the credit for it. Former India skipper and NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar said Dhoni looked refreshed after returning from a break from international cricket due to the muscle strain late last month. (Read: Mishra thanks Dhoni for his support)
"Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on top of his game. He is refreshed after the break that he had when he didn't play the Asia Cup. Captaincy can take a lot out of you and you tend to come back better after a bit of break and that's exactly what has happened with Dhoni," Gavaskar told NDTV in an exclusive chat on Friday night. (Read: MS Dhoni impressed by Amit Mishra's exploits vs Pakistan)
Dhoni juggled his bowlers around effectively to keep Pakistan batsmen on their toes. By the end of eight overs, Dhoni had already used five of his bowlers and the sixth by the 11th over.