While Dhoni has succeeded captains like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid and may not be compared with them, he was captain at the same time as Anil Kumble. In the South Africa home series, while Kumble was 0-1 down for his two matches, Dhoni was up 1-0 up for his Test. In the subsequent Australia series, Kumble was 0-0 for his two, while Dhoni was 2-0 for his two.
In the pre-Dhoni era, for India to have won 2-0 in any Test series against the Top 8, you'd have to go back to the 1990s. For Australia to have lost by a similar margin, you'd have to go back to the 1980s. And yet Dhoni has done it twice in his comparatively short stint.
You could have called him Captain Lucky in 2007. But 2008 and 2009 have come and gone. And he's still shining in 2010. He's either the luckiest man in the world or there's something else involved here.
We won a Test series on New Zealand soil after about 40 years. We won a World Cup after 24 years. Australia got beaten 0-2 after about two decades. We won an ODI home series with Pakistan after a similar time frame. We won an Asia Cup after 15 years. We won the Australia triangular series for the first time everâŠ
This list goes on and onâŠ
Dhoni creates such a record with every other series.
You can break one jinx with luck, but not a parade of jinxes.
Image: India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni speaks during a press conference ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Kochi