Dhoni scored an unbeaten 206 to take India to 515 for eight, to give the hosts a lead of 135 runs with two days left in the match.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted: “The coolest man in world cricket MS Dhoni delivers when it most matters... Incredible innings against the Aussies...”
Dhoni also has the highest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman when he surpassed Budhi Kunderan’s 192.
Legendary spinner Shane Warne was also impressed by Dhoni’s knock. “WOW, M S Dhoni is going off here in Chennai, amazing batting,” tweeted Warne, who is part of the commentary team here.
Warne’s contemporary Glenn McGrath, who is heading the MRF Pace Foundation here, posted: “Great innings by MS Dhoni 206*. India in a strong position against the Aussies.”
Former West Indies batsman Darren Ganga said: “Magnificent accomplishment from Dhoni. Proven the critics wrong. Clearly one of India’s finest captains and wicket keeper-batsmen. Brilliant counter attack innings by one of India’s finest captains and wicket keeper-batsmen.”
Praise also came from Dhoni’s teammates Ajinkya Rahane. “What an innings, truly inspirational stuff. One of the best innings I have seen,” tweeted Rahane.