Despite a shaky start, Dhoni ensured that the team got a solid partnership when he walked into bat at 29/5. His knock of 113 helped India to post a target of 228.
"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," he said.
Dhoni who had not reached the three figure mark in the last two years, needed runs desperately and the knock also boosted his confidence.
Dhoni hit 7 boundaries and 3 sixes off 125 balls to score a magnificent knock of 113 in the first ODI against Pakistan at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
"Under the circumstances, this was one of the best innings," Imran Khan told NDTV.
Imran Khan also praised Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who claimed two early wickets to help India restrict Pakistan at the start of the innings.
"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," Imran Khan said.