It was not the shot he has patented. He did not dispatch the ball into the crowd above the long-on area. Even the swag with which he would wriggle the bat in his hand after the opposition had been eclipsed was absent.
But once the battle between the Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad entered Dhoni time, the story could have had only one hero — MS Dhoni. He had rarely been as textbook, but with two required off the last delivery, he cleared his front foot and drove Siddharth Kaul’s full delivery from round the wicket to the cover boundary.