3. It's also about strategy: In the 2007 T20 World Cup, no one went with any strategy. Dhoni told his team not to lose their wickets in the first five overs to prevent collapses. In the Indo-Pak league stage bowlout, Shoaib Malik looked clueless, while Dhoni sent Robin Uthappa to bowl! The reason? They had practiced bowlouts and made a list of the best bowlout bowlers. That's a well-thought out plan.
In matches where rain is likely, he has been known to walk into the field with the Duckworth-Lewis charts in his pocket. In his first series as Test captain versus Australia when the opposition was right on top, he resorted to negative bowling. He received severe flak, but India won the match.
You should hear the kind of stuff he says on the stump mike and how prophetic it turns out to be later. Dhoni is one man who knows which game plan to use in which situation.
4. He brings out the best: Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag are having the time of their lives under Dhoni's captaincy. In 2009, Sehwag's Test strike rate was 100 plus for a full year. 2010 may be Tendulkar's best year ever. Zaheer Khan looks lethal. The likes of Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli have blossomed under him.
Dhoni looks like a man fully in charge; his team looks relaxed and uncluttered with what to do with their game. That's a huge factor in India's success.
Image: India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar walk back to the pavilion at the end of the third day's play of the second Test against Australia in Bangalore