Sharma struck an impressive 83 runs as the hosts secured a series win in Mohali, and Dhoni is delighted to see the batsman finally take an opportunity to shine.
The wicketkeeper said: "He's one of the most gifted cricketers that we have seen. Unfortunately, he has not done really well with the opportunities he has got.
"We had a chat about him opening the innings at the start of the series and he was very glad to accept it. I think it was a very good performance by him."
India hold an unassailable 3-1 lead heading into the fifth ODI this Sunday.