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Dec 30, 2012 at 08:37pm IST

Dhoni ton one of the best under pressure

New Delhi: Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan Sunday praised Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his heroic innings of 113 in the first ODI against Pakistan in Chennai and said it was one of best knocks under pressure.

Coming out in the 10th over when India were down in the dumps at 29 for 5, Dhoni single-handedly took India's total to 227 for 6 with an unbeaten knock of 113 from 125 balls though his side lost the match by six wickets.

"I think he played really well and in fact it was an exceptional innings under pressure. But for his knock, this match would have been over in two-three hours," Imran said.

Dhoni ton one of the best under pressure: Imran

"I think he played really well and in fact it was an exceptional innings under pressure," the former Pakistan captain said after Dhoni's ton in the first ODI.

"Under the circumstances, this was one of the best innings," he added.

Imran also praised rookie Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his fine show and in the earlier Twenty20 International series.

"I think he has the ability to swing the ball and he has done well. For a fast bowler to do well, you need to have speed in the air and ability to move the ball. Or you have to swing the ball and be able to extract extra bounce," he told a TV channel here.

Asked about Pakistan churning out fast bowler after another, Imran said, "It is because of the physique of the players. The players from North [Pakistan] Punjab and Frontier Province have physique which suited in becoming fast bowlers.

"So we have to tap them and groom them."

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