In the rain-curtailed eight-over game, Dhoni did not get a chance to bat, but the former captain played a key role from behind the stumps in helping the team clinch a thriller by six runs.
Dhoni's 37-ball-49 in the second T20 worldwide that India lost to New Zealand was panned by experts as he played too many dot balls. Somewhere indoors, MS Dhoni joined by teammate Manish Pandey and Kiwi batsmen Martin Guptill and Tom Bruce had found an innovative way to spend their time.
Virat Kohli has said it is unfair to target Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the former India skipper's waning influence had come under scrutiny like never before during the series against New Zealand. However, Dhoni's former teammate and behavior of India opener Virender Sehwag provided the ideal counter to Laxman's statement.
"I don't understand why people are pointing him out. With the bat, he did really well against Sri Lanka (away series) and Australia", the skipper reminded everyone. The series finale on November 7 has much at stake for the former captain than one could decipher. Hardik as well got out in the last T20 in Rajkot.
"Then why are we only pointing out one man? You understand how the wicket is behaving, in what situation you are in".
The Indian skipper also advised the critics to leave the job of judging Dhoni to the player himself. "Dhoni should realise his role in the team". "He is doing absolutely fine".
"He's a very smart guy and he understands where he stands with his body and his game so I don't think anyone has the right to decide that for him", said the India captain.
Sehwag, who has played 104 Tests and 251 One-day Internationals, though felt the Virat Kohli-led side needed Dhoni at the moment.
The fan following of cricketers is huge in India and they are also few fans who can do anything for their favourite.