Twitteratti lauds Dhoni

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 19, 2013 12:11 hrs

A magnificent century from India's captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, helped his team recover from a shaky start to post 303 for nine after being inserted by Australia in the third one-day international in Mohali on Saturday.

The hosts lost the bulk of their top-order inside 13 overs, being 74 for four, as Clint McKay, Shane Watson and especially Mitchell Johnson bowled with venom and control, accounting for three wickets with short deliveries.

Dhoni, however, soaked up the pressure and posted his ninth ODI century - the first by an Indian batsman in Mohali - off only 107 balls.

In true Dhoni-fashion, he took the Australian bowlers apart in the final overs, adding 37 off only 14 deliveries after reaching his ton, to take the score past 300, to finish unbeaten on 139 from 121, including 12 fours and five sixes.

Cricket experts and fans were quick to praise the Indian captain on Twitter. 

ESPNcricinfo ‏@ESPNcricinfo

How many batsmen will deny singles in the 49th over while batting first? Dhoni does, and hits the next for a 6.

Mohandas Menon ‏@mohanstatsman

MS Dhoni reached 5000 runs as an ODI captain. 7th captain to do so, third Indian after Azhar & Ganguly 

ICC ‏@cricketicc

MS Dhoni becomes first India batsman to hit an ODI hundred at Mohali's PCA Stadium #IndvAus #cricket

Gaurav Kalra ‏@gauravCNNIBN 

when the going  gets tough the dhoni gets going #IndvsAus

Arbaaz Khan ‏@arbaazSkhan

Outstanding 100 by Dhoni under pressure.. First by an Indian in Mohali.. Well deserved and well played Captain !!!

Cricketwallah ‏@cricketwallah 

Dhoni never ceases to amaze. Under the circumstances, incredible century...

Dileep Premachandran ‏@SpiceBoxofEarth 

If Kohli doesn't destroy you early, don't fret. Dhoni will do it later. And this has been a 'bad' day for this batting line-up. #IndvAus

Masaba Gupta ‏@MasabaG 

What a knock from dhoni! Fav Indian cricketer !

Pallab Bhattacharya ‏@PallabB 

Words are not enough to explain MS #Dhoni but we keep focusing on Sachin Tendulkar selfishly. Exactly what we did to Rahul Dravid. 

Andy Simcox ‏@andysimcox 

How does MS Dhoni hit those helicopter 6s!?! Awesome 139 n.o. It's a pleasure to do the ironing when you can watch that! #INDvAUS

Rohan Bopanna ‏@rohanbopanna 

Dhoni's helicopter shot & Nadal's forehand the way the both finish the shot has such a similarity. @msdhoni @RafaelNadal 

Sir Ravindra Jadeja ‏@SirJadeja 

4,4,2,1 2 4..6,1,4,.,6,6,1,4. 92 to 139 in the last 3 overs with only the tail at the other end. MS Dhoni is superman of cricket #IndvsAus

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