5. Off-field Cool: All Indian superstars have to fight battles with their fans and the media. Many lose the plot off-field. After the 2007 World Cup loss, Dhoni's upcoming house was burnt by irate fans, but he handled that with grace. He's cool in press conferences and deflects controversial questions with a dignified silence, mischievous smile or smart repartee.
He also has more endorsements than Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan, but has not let that get to his head or game.
6. Running between the wickets: Indians have traditionally been poor at running between the wickets. Dhoni has changed that by simply being the fastest runner and always calling his partner for quick singles. Who can turn down the call of a captain? He leads by example.
7. Little things matter: When Dhoni is called to lift a trophy, he immediately steps back and hands the limelight to his team-mates. When we won against Australia 2-0 for the first time, Dhoni, not the organizers, called Kumble to share the trophy. Dhoni even called it âKumble's Teamâ later on.
When CSK lost the close final of IPL1, instead of dejectedly walking off, Dhoni called everyone for a huddle. Such little things are not lost on his mates and that builds team spirit and earns the respect of even the seniors, though his critics remain unconvinced.
Of course coach Gary Kirsten is also an integral part of this success and they are a great duo the way Ganguly-Wright were.
Image: Indian team coach Gary Kirsten and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni during a training session ahead of the second Test against Australia in Bangalore