Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed his 17th IPL fifty as he finished with an unbeaten 61 off 34 balls to guide Pune Supergiant home versus Sunrisers Hyderabad. Pune needed 47 off the last three overs and the 35-year-old looked in fine touch and displayed finesse of the yesteryears to finish the game off.Speaking to India Today, former Australia captain Michael Clarke was not at all surprised at Dhoni’s splendid knock to win the match for RPS. “I am not surprised one bit, as long as MS Dhoni is at the crease, the game is never over. I felt it as the captain of the Australia playing against MS Dhoni, and I feel exactly the same as a commentator now. The man has played a phenomenal innings and deserves all the credit he is getting. Hopefully the people that were doubting him, hopefully they are gone away now,” he said. (Dhoni did what he does best: Pune captain Steve Smith)Clarke also reminded those who had been criticising Dhoni’s form and questioning his ability as a T20 player.”What an innings by MS Dhoni and for the people that have doubted him and said that his time is up, he is not good enough to be in the Pune team or the Indian Champions Trophy team,” he said. “I think that it is time to take their words back. I have said time and again over the last couple of weeks that class is permanent and MS Dhoni is a class player. I think today was great example of his experience playing a part. Yes he is skillful, there is no doubt about it and his keeping has been fantastic throughout the tournament. Today he got the chance with the bat to win the game for his team as he has done throughout his career,” he added. (Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers salute MS Dhoni: ‘What a champion knock’)advertisementOn being asked if MS Dhoni is the best finisher, even better than Micheal Bevan, Clarke said, “MS Dhoni is the best finisher in the world, and certainly in One Day cricket. He has done it throughout his One Day career and he can do it in T20s as well. Micheal Bevan was fantastic, but Dhoni has won numerous matches for his teams, Chennai, Pune, India, and he does it regularly and he still has the talent to do it.””What I also liked is that Dhoni batting at number four. This has been my point about Dhoni for a long time in the Pune team. Allow him to come up the order, allow him to face more deliveries. Pune have made a smart decision in the last couple of games getting him in at number four,” said Clarke, who has been harping on that note for quite some time.