4) Significant contributions as a batsman
While both have exemplary leadership skills, Dhoni has contributed much more to the team as a batsman. The utility of Dhoni in ODIs is absolutely critical. His quick runs at the bottom has made scores of 300 get converted to 320 and give the edge to the Indian team. While Sourav was a part of the prolific Sachin-Sourav partnership leading to many superb knocks from the southpaw, Dhoni is certainly a proven match winner.
The innings wherein he single-handedly makes India win is a stuff of legend. The final over win in the Celkon Mobile Cup Final is a notable instance of his match winning capability. This is also backed up by statistics with Dhoni averaging 56.81, much higher than Dada’s 38.66