The skipper was addressing the media a day ahead of the fourth and final Test against England.
Dhoni was of the opinion that Tendulkar's mere presence in a crisis situation like this is important from the team's point of view.
"He's the best man to have in the side in a game like this. The kind of experience he has and the kind of performances he has come up with over the years... he is someone we all look up to," Dhoni said.
Tendulkar has averaged 25 in 2012 and his innings of 76 at Calcutta against England was his first Test half century since January 3.