From being a ticket collector in Kharagpur in 2001 to become the T20 World Cup winning captain in 2007 MS Dhoni’s life has been nothing less than a fairytale. Regarded as one of the greatest captains of all time, Dhoni has the unique distinction of being the one and only captain to win all ICC events.
ICC World Twenty 20 in 2007, ICC World Cup in 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. He is the most successful captain of India till date across all formats.
The flamboyant Jharkhand lad made his debut for the national side in and ODI series against Bangladesh in 2005. In only his 5th match Dhoni smashed a brilliant 148 against Pakistan at Vishakapatnam and followed it up with a match-winning 183 against Sri Lanka in a few months time.
Captaining an ODI team, Dhoni curbed his attacking instincts and became a finisher for the team. He bailed India out of trouble on various occasions and is regarded as one of the best finishers of all time.
There is no hiding the fact that for his immense fan base and the aura surrounding him, Dhoni is one of the most respected athletes in India and also the richest Indian cricketer. Apart from his salary as an Indian cricketer Dhoni endorses various popular brands and earns a large amount from endorsements.
Dhoni is also the co-owner of Chennaiyin FC in Indian Super League (ISL) and Ranchi Rays in Pro Kabbadi League.
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Dhoni was named in the 100 most influential people by the TIME Magazine and was also named by Sports Pro as the 16th most striking athlete in the world. MSD’s net worth in 2016 is around $31 million and it is noticed by everyone that after his retirement from Tests his keen interest in earning money has been endorsing different brands.
MS Dhoni is a grade A player according to BCCI Central Contracts in 2016. According to the contract Mahi earns Rs.1 crore annually as his fixed retainer fee and Rs. 5 lakh, Rs.3 lakh and Rs. 1.5 lakh for playing a Test match, an ODI match and a T20 match respectively. Besides that individual and team bonuses are also given on the basis of individual and team performances.
In all, he roughly earns 3.5millions USD (22 crores) annually from salary alone.
Income from Endorsements
What makes Dhoni the most powerful brand icon in India? Be it his popularity or the aura surrounding him Dhoni is the most preferred icon for a celebrity endorsement. Just like his enormous growth in stature both as a batsman and captain, “The Bajirao Singham” of Indian cricket has never left a stone unturned in reaching the heart of cricket fans all over the world.
The Indian limited overs captain earns roughly $ 28 million (Rs.182 crores) from endorsements and only Shahrukh Khan with 21 is the brand ambassador of more brands than Dhoni (20). Some of the popular companies where Mahi has served as brand ambassador are Reebok, Aircel, Boost, Pepsi, Exide battery, Sonata watches, Sony Bravia etc.
Love for bikes
Dhoni’s love for bikes is well known among the cricketing fraternity and he possesses some of the most expensive and sporty bikes in the world. Some of the residents in Dhoni’s garage are Kawasaki Ninja H2, Confederate X132 Hellcat, Harley Davidson Fat Boy, Yamaha Thundercat, Royal Enfield Machismo and Ducati 1098.