Mirpur: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said there was a “sense of calmness” in the innings break as the team backed itself to chase down the 173-run target set by South Africa in the ICC World T20 semi-final, here yesterday.

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni

“There was a sense of calmness in the dressing at the innings’ break (after South Africa put up 172 on the board). Most of the thoughts were positive. Everybody saw that the wicket was better than those we have played on, and they believed they could chase this down. It is not just the self-belief, but the belief in each other that is crucial,” said Dhoni at the post-match presentation ceremony.

India stormed into the final of the World Cup with a resounding six-wicket victory over South Africa, with Virat Kohli once again rising to the occasion with a scintillating unbeaten 76.

“There are not many who are as consistent as Virat. It is great to have him at No 3. He has always grabbed his opportunities. Something everyone needs to learn from him,” said Dhoni.