1. Captain Cool: Most of the on-field decisions require basic cricket common sense and any passionate fan could make the right call. How many times have you sat in front of the TV and yelled at the captain to do something and he did something contrary only for India to lose? How come sometimes the captain makes bloopers which even you can spot? The answer lies in a simple word:
The captain loses his cool and makes silly decisions. That's something you never find Dhoni doing, for in his stint from 2007 to 2010, one has rarely seen him getting overtly angry and clouding his judgment.
2. Captain Reliable: Most Indian captains would start playing poorly the moment they became captains. It happened to Ganguly, Dravid and Kumble. But Dhoni is in a different league altogether. His Test average not as captain is a lowly 33. But as captain, it jumps to 56. When he's not an ODI captain, his average is a superlative 44. But as captain, it jumps to 56, which is way beyond Viv Richards and Sachin Tendulkar.
He's also been ICC No.1 ODI batsman for a record number of weeks.
His wicket keeping skills have also gone considerably up post captaincy. Usually when an Indian player is made captain, we lose a good hand. In this case, we've gained a better one.
Image: Australia's Tim Paine watches India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni play a shot during the third day of the second Test in Bangalore