BENGALURU, April 22: Virat Kohli is more than aware of Mahendra Singh Dhoni�s penchant to go for the impossible and was admittedly �scared� with the former India captain�s last over pyrotechnics during an IPL encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings.
He smashed an unbeaten 84 off 48 balls and nearly got the required 26 runs off the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav before Parthiv Patel�s �Dhoni like calm� behind the stumps ensured RCB�s victory by one run.
Understandably skipper Kohli went through a range of emotion as he spoke about Dhoni�s exploits and how impressive the bowlers were till 19th over.
�Feels good to win a game by a small margin. We�ve lost a couple by small margins. MS did what he does best and he gave us all a massive scare. Off the last ball, that was the last thing I would have expected to happen. There was a whole lot of emotion,� Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
In fact in the 19th over, Dhoni couldn�t hit young Navdeep Saini, who hit the back of length and kept the seasoned campaigner quiet. Kohli was all praise for Saini, who is one of the five stand-byes for the ODI World Cup in England as well as the designated net bowler.
�They (bowlers) showed a lot of composure playing against a side like CSK. We were outstanding with the ball until the 19th over mark. Defending 160 on that sort of pitch and the amount of dew we had was an outstanding effort.
�Especially Saini, playing his first season (he was in the side last season but didn�t play). He�s shown a lot of heart. He bowls with pace and understands his limitations. He�s come along well for the team. Hope he keeps fit and keeps bowling fast which is his biggest strength,� the skipper had good words for the youngster. � PTI