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MS Dhoni tops cricket's rich-list in Forbes magazine

Tariq Engineer

June 20, 2012

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MS Dhoni carves the last ball for three through the covers to tie the game, India v Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Bank Series, Adelaide, February 14, 2012
Forbes magazine pegs MS Dhoni's earnings for 2011-12 at $26.5 million © Getty Images
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MS Dhoni, the India captain, has proved to be just as successful off the field as he has been on the field. Forbes magazine has ranked him as the highest-paid cricketer, as well as the highest-paid athlete in India for the period from June 2011 to June 2012.

Dhoni tops not only team-mate Sachin Tendulkar, but also global stars like Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt, Novak Djokovic, the tennis World No.1, and England and Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney.

According to the magazine, Dhoni made a total of US$ 26.5 million, of which $23 million was earned from endorsements and $3.5 million from salary and prize money. That puts him 31st on the list while Tendulkar was 78th, with total earnings of $18.6 million, of which $16.5 were from endorsements.

The Forbes list was topped by champion boxer Floyd Mayweather, who made $85 million, followed by his main rival, Manny Pacquiao, with earnings of $62 million, and Tiger Woods, with $59.4 million.

Dhoni's unprecedented success leading India - he is the only captain to have won the ICC World T20 championship, the 50-over World Cup and led his team to the No.1 Test ranking - has made him one of India's most popular celebrities, not just athletes.

A study by Tam Sports of the advertising patterns during the 2011 ICC World Cup showed that ads featuring Dhoni far outstripped those of any other celebrity. Ads involving Dhoni grabbed a 29% share of the total television ads during the tournament, almost three times the frequency of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, who was second with 10%. Tendulkar was fourth, with 7%.

In July 2010, Dhoni signed a three-year endorsement deal worth approximately Rs 2.1 billion ($ 42 million) with Rhiti Sports, a sports marketing agency. The deal surpassed the three-year deal worth Rs 1.8 billion ($38 million) that Sachin Tendulkar signed back in 2006, making it the largest such deal in Indian sports history.

Later the same year, he signed a three-year deal worth Rs 260 million (about US$ 5.7 million) to promote McDowell's soda, which is owned by the UB Group headed by Vijay Mallya. Altogether, Dhoni represents more than 20 brands, including Pepsi, Reebok, Aircel and TVS.

Sangeet Shirodkar, who helped put the deal together for Rhiti Sports but is now a director at Offspin Sports and Entertainment, says Dhoni's commercial success is tied not only to his sporting success, but also his surprising rise through the ranks of Indian cricket.

"He comes from a very humble background," Shirodkar said. "That has contributed to the fact that Indian brands are attracted to having him as a brand ambassador. The Indian growth story is targeted at the masses, not the top of the pyramid. [Dhoni is] one among them who has come out and has achieved so much."

In an article for the Hindu BusinessLine last year, Harish Bhat, the Chief Operating Officer - Watches, Titan Industries Ltd and Somprabh Singh, Senior Manager, Marketing, Titan also cited Dhoni's middle-class background as one of the key reasons for his appeal (Titan is one of the brands Dhoni endorses).

"Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Dhoni's brand personality is the respect and humility which he displays, not merely to the cricketing fraternity, but towards everyone he meets and interacts with," they wrote. "This reflects his strong middle-class values, his origins in a part of the country which has been the crucible of Indian culture and civilisation, and, of course, the simple person that he is. It enhances the esteem and love which Indians have for him"

According to the pair, another plus for India's captain is his ability to cut across demographics. "Dhoni symbolises vibrant youthfulness, which is aspirational across age-groups in our country. A large part of India is young, and the rest of India wishes to look and feel young. Therefore, his youthful appeal cuts across India's demography."

India's struggles over the last 12 months - losing eight consecutive away Tests to England and Australia - have clearly not dampened Dhoni's commercial appeal. With India's schedule requiring them to play mainly at home for the near future, his brand is likely to only grow stronger.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

If you just look at endorsement money alone MS Dhoni ranks 8th entering the "famous top 10", that's huge. Here is the line up for endorsement $ alone: Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Roger Federer, Kobe Bryant, Phil Mickelson, David Beckham, Rafael Nadal, MS Dhoni at $23 mil, more than Maria Sharapova at $22 mil.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (June 22, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

@Dhushan: Three F1 drivers are ahead of DHONI. At 19 is Alonso, at 21 is M.Schumacher and at 24 is Hamilton. Also these are the only three F1 drivers in the Top 100.

Posted by Dhushan on (June 22, 2012, 2:53 GMT)

I'm very curious to know where the F1 drivers are on this list. It's no secret that formula 1 drivers & golfers are the highest paid sportsmen in the world.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

Absolutely Dhoni deserves it...for taking india to No1 spot in tests, winning 20overs and 50overs world cup...

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

He deserves it the most. Hats off to dhoni for his achievement.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

for loosing 0-5 in Eng and Aus loosing one day series in both place truely great.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (June 21, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

100 Afridi = Dhoni , BIGDHONIFAN

Posted by timmyj on (June 21, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Nothing to really brag about. He only made $3.5m in salary and prize money. Players at the low end of the NFL, NBA, MLB easily make that in annual salary. Top cricketers still make peanuts (in salary) compared to top players in other major world sports.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 21, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Comparing Afridi with Dhoni by some jealous fans are laughable...Afridi's batting is good enough to be compared with someone like Harbhajan.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

well i m the "the dhoni fan" so i m humbled with this news

Posted by superstar100 on (June 21, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

being a cricket fan i am happy to see some cricketer is earning this amount of money it's good for this sport i hav seen football is famous all over the world and those players get's lot of money if cricketers will get such amt of money every young cricketer will dream to play ........AND ONE MORE THING DHONI GET'S THIS MONEY ONLY BECAUSE OF CRICKET

Posted by India_boy on (June 21, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

those who are criticizing Dhoni have no clue about this man. The value that he brings to Indian cricket; he has turned many non-cricket watchers into cricket fans in India. you can judge his talent and popularity here by the way cricinfo describes his profile "it was impossible to imagine someone who could parallel sachin in popularity". dhoni was a railway man earning low wages and he has won India 2 WCs, and is curently one of the best ODI players in the world. if he came in at no.3 consistently he would have outscored 90% of the batsmen. And please do not insult him by comparing him with hit-and-miss Afridi

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

well i m the "the dhoni fan" so i m humbled with this news

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (June 21, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Guys move-on. Lawyers in USA earn by the bucket loads. Are they the best or better than the Lawyers in India? Doctors in USA earn by the bucket loads too. Are they better than some of my genius classmates in school who became Doctors later on? What about the IBM main frames computer 'professionals' from India who went to USA around 1999 and earned a lot more than the fantastic IIT Grads working in TCS or some such company in India? Earnings depend on which country you are working in and which profession you chose in that particular country. Just like there is no relation between quality and earning in USA with regards to Lawyers, Doctors, Accountants, IT professionals etc, there is no relation between quality and earning in India with regards to Cricket. Jai Ho Dhoni! Go, earn as much as you can and give something back to the poor. That's the way. God bless you and your young family. Maahi re.....Maahi ve..... (BTW, I'm no Dhoni fan).

Posted by anver777 on (June 21, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Cooooooooooooooooooooool !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by TwitterJitter on (June 21, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Congratulations Dhoni! May you earn much more and happiness too. It is funny that I see comments mocking his ability and saying he is not better than XYZ. I hope people recognize that their jealousy is showing through in those comments and it is not pretty to those who read it. There is no rule that the best player on planet gets paid the most money and then the next and the next. If that is the case a lot of people working in England and Australia in all professions should not be making more than their counterparts in Asia doing similar jobs. The fact that they live (or born) in rich countries alone means they earn more than their counter parts doing similar job in a poorer nation. It does not reflect on the talent of the two people but their place of birth. To add to it, to earn more money is not synonymous with more happiness.

Posted by Sandeep.M.J.D on (June 21, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Go DHONI Go.... All the best, top the list next year.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

The cool and calm skipper MSD - 31st on the Forbes list !!! :)

Posted by JG2704 on (June 21, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

It's a really interesting list and just to prove that it's not necessarily how good you are at your chosen sport. In golf current 1 and 2 Mcllroy and Donald are dwarfed by Tiger and Phil Mickelson. In football , David Beckham (who no longer plays for England or even in the EPL) dwarfs any other Eng player and even beats the worlds best players Mesi and Ronaldo. In tennis Federer earns nearly 20m more that number 2 Nadal and over 30m more than number 1 Djokovic. I'm particularly surprised he earns that much more than Nadal who is also hugely popular,

Posted by JG2704 on (June 21, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

@Chrishan on (June 20 2012, 22:52 PM GMT) am243am on (June 21 2012, 00:17 AM GMT) - Floyd must also make money from other things. I mean I presume these earnings come from everything , so maybe if he does a tv interview. And I'm sure he must have clothing brands etc which use him. I also believe he has his own clothing brand and he certainly has his own promotional outfit. Granted the percentage from endorsements will be lower but he will still get a certain amount. I do notice that it lists 0 earnings from endorsements so maybe that doesn't include the above.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 21, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

@SnowSnake on (June 21 2012, 00:09 AM GMT) Fair point. I think Monaco in Europe is another tax haven although not much goes on there

Posted by Valavan on (June 21, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Very Funny who cares, Dhoni is getting individually what he wants, ofcourse he will get a few bashing from winter 2013, as he gonna play 15 away tests and hopefully that will cost his captaincy. Looking forward for dhoni's retirement in 2015 january. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by British-Bangali on (June 21, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Something doesn't add up Rooney wages alone is around $19 million together with$ 4 million for international appearance's. Rooney also endorse many large company like Nike, Coke, DHL, nokia, ford, asda, EA, lucazade together with TV program's am sure he makes a few pounds??

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

TBH....after decades of cricket being treated almost as an amateur sport with full time cricketers being criminally underpaid, it's refreshing to see top tier cricketers finally making the kind of money their peers have been making in other global sports for years.....

...I'm not a huge fan of the IPL or T20 cricket in general, but the big plus for me is that it's allowed international cricketers to finally make the kind of money that they deserve :)

Posted by KillDevil on (June 21, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

@RunABall, you do realise that Dhoni doesn't earn money from indian products alone? it's about companies paying him and not the people of India. @Xaks, are you seriously suggesting that Rooney is the best in his business? you clearly haven't heard of Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi, Iniesta and co.

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 21, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Well.. It takes serious guts for a man with such a value to say that " I will retire from one format in 2013".. How can a guy speak about retirement in public when the brand name can reduce with a single interview.. We all know the fact that any rich will not be liking to go down.. I will be very happy if Dhoni walks the talk and joins army after his cricket life..

Posted by kesy777 on (June 21, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Great to hear cricketers getting good money. T20 should be promoted to the world in the expense of ODIs so that it will grab the world in no time. When the T20s are popular in giant nations (US,china,Europe,Russia) it will bring more money to the system. Coz it is the only version of cricket that can cater to rest of the world.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 21, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

meh, its all hyperbole, when you consider that 90% of his income is from selling himself to corporations in the pursuit of the mighty $$$ (or is that rupee). this just proves how little its about talent, Dhoni isnt even the best cricketer in the Indian Team, SRT, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, are all better than him.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Who actually cares, it does not effect our lives in anyway!!

Posted by Salmanchecking on (June 21, 2012, 6:47 GMT)


Posted by Smithie on (June 21, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

@sweetspot are you seriously suggesting his brand image did not tale a dint after loosing EIGHT Tests in a row to England then Australia? What about some response to the previous questions you have been posed on DRS but chosen to ignore?

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

great job ! Dhoni deserves it ! best of luck .... he is the roll model for cricket.......

Posted by yoohoo on (June 21, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

@RunABall - So if winning the world cup at home was so easy, why is india the first team to do it ever?? I can say the same about england winning in tests btw, they only win at home. The minute they came out, they were thrashed 3-0 by pakistan.

Posted by Xaks on (June 21, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Dhoni is no doubt very famous and I have alot of respect for him. But one important thing is that he is neither THE BEST BATSMAN nor THE BEST KEEPER.... still he is getting so much attention thats amazing...!!! Rooney, Djokovic, Bolt, Tiger Woods etc etc are the best in their business...

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

isnt that great. I am a Pakistani but dhoni is a great human being. he has all the good values u can think of

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (June 21, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Gee! Now that's some money. Nearly 70,000 USD per day ( O _ O )!!!

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (June 21, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Dhoni Deserves It i would say

Posted by RunABall on (June 21, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Do you think it's due to the fact that India has 1.1 billion people who would throw any amount of money to watch a cricket ball sail over the fence, again and again and again? And Serbia has what, 7 million :) 7 million! Earnings aren't always a true indicator of how good a player is. India's test performance during that time was pitiful. Yes, they won the world cup, but it was on home soil with carefully planned conditions.

Posted by mar2000 on (June 21, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

How much is Chris Gayle worth ? . It shows that if you put in the hard work and perduce you will be "richly" rewarded.Long life Mr. Dhoni.

Posted by RogerC on (June 21, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

IPL is the future of cricket.

Posted by aroundthewicket on (June 21, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

Who needs to be good at test cricket when they can make USD 26.5 MM otherwise? No wonder Test #1 ranking for India came and went with nary a tear shed. Don't get me wrong; I'm really glad for the guy. But geez! At least Bolt and Djokovic are the best in their sports.

Posted by vswami on (June 21, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

Breaking news : M$ Dhoni buys CSK. Good for him, always nice to see a small town hero making it big.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

i hve all respect for Dhoni..hes a humble guy and great ambassador for the game.....Talha from Pakistan..!!

Posted by   on (June 21, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

Agreed with Ravi Darira. Dhoni is a very special person. If anything his critics can learn a thing or two from him. He is leader, finisher and a player who had extended his limitations beyond what the most talented can achieve. Proud of him!

Posted by am243am on (June 21, 2012, 0:17 GMT)

Chrishan - Boxers earn their money not as winnings as you said. It is guaranteed pay to show up for the fight - this includes a share of the pay per view money etc. There is no extra money in the form of bonuses for winning directly associated with result of the fight except perhaps greater negotiating power when it comes to the next televised fight.

Posted by SnowSnake on (June 21, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

I don't much care about the article. However, I will say this-- it is much better to make a lot of money in India than Europe because of tax burden. Even if Dhoni did not make as much money as soccer players, he would have kept more money than soccer players anyway.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

Dhoni deserves to be the highest paid athlete in the world, just look where he has come from and where he has reached and achieved. It is double tough to do it in India where there is so much politics in selection, and several people trying to bring you down when you become successful. The best finisher, keeper and captain in the world!

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 20, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

@Alexk400 - Yes, Dhoni was 'lucky' to win the ODI World Cup for India! lol.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (June 20, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

@samincolombia money in football is not so much in the international arena, but more in the domestic leagues like the EPL, La Liga and Ligue 1 etc. But I agree MSD is a more consistent contributor to his team than Rooney and a great guy, I'm happy to see a cricketer so high on the list and if it would be anyone I'm glad it's MSD, whom I have great respect for. He is one of the best limited overs players around and seems to really motivate the Indian side as a solid team player.

Posted by waxteruk on (June 20, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

Who actually cares, it does not effect our lives in anyway!!!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

He4 fully deserves it. I have so much appreciation for him because he comes from the most backward part of the country. He had no God father, no cricket associations to pull the string for him. He came through because of his talent, dedication and humbleness.. Bravo dhoni.. keep it up.

Posted by K.H.Dushmantha on (June 20, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

Great to hear and congratulation to Dhoni whose is humble match winner, great respect to whole IND team, other all nations & calm saturated human kind.Of course India has more than the Billion population with many more cricket lovers and it great support IPL franchise model, great honor to achieve this as a cricketer. without any argument, crickerters to earn potential money rather only carry old style game compare with Golf, Football , Tennis stars. This is also great news to all other cricketers to encourage game ineterest to involve more cricket activities with potential outcome. Wish the good luck for all franchise model cricket premier league to success and earn more income each individual players more than the earlier any one had.

Posted by Chrishan on (June 20, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

Yes US$ 26.5 million is a lot of money, of which $3.5 comes from salary/winnings. Whereas Floyd Mayweather gets his $85 million from salary/winnings alone.

Posted by Alexk400 on (June 20, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

Just Damn Lucky!. Luck is most important thing more than any skill.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (June 20, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Congratz dhoni enough love!!!

Posted by JG2704 on (June 20, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

Got to be honest it surprises me that Dhoni earns more than Rooney - not because I think he deserves it any more or less but because I know there is a ludicrous amount of money in being a football player in either the English or Spanish leagues , or even China now (with Drogbar). Having said that , much of it seems to be in endorsements rather than wages.I'm actually finding it hard to believe that Floyd Mayweather is right at the top as he only fights twice a year at most and hasn't had a fight against anyone who had a realistic chance of beating him for a number of years. I suppose MSDs image is as much part of it too. Fair play to him

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 21:18 GMT)


Posted by delboy on (June 20, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

Could this be the incentive for better performances from individuals of the WI team, which could intern inspire collective TEAM performances? Well done Mr Dhoni.

Posted by fr600 on (June 20, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

Not a lot of people really cares about that. People wants to see good cricket, not cricketers making a lot of money playing dismal cricket.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 20, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

If Wayne Rooney can be on the list, why not Dhoni? What has Rooney done? Ever won a soccer WC for England? He chokes on the world stage, while Dhoni always reserves his best on the grand stage. Dhoni has won India the ODI WC, T20 WC and got and kept India #1 in tests for 2 years in just a few years.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

well done dhoni ur my best player

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 19:19 GMT) one can dispute he earned it

Posted by Rakim on (June 20, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Stauss and Clarke must be jealous heheh [they beat him 0-4 0-4 respectively]. Either way, nice game Dhoni. I wonder how much KP/Afridi/Gayle make...

Posted by nlambda on (June 20, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

This article would have seemed more appropriate last year when India-Eng series had not yet started :-). These guys are reaping efects of glabalization. One feels for previous generations who did not get these opportunities. All things equal, Kapil Dev would have been the highest earning cricketer in 1983-84 :-)

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

Hmmm, I was slightly surprised that Tendulkar is not that far behind in all these numbers, in overall earnings last year and also in terms of the contract of 2.1billion vs 1.8 billion (that too done 4 years ago). Tendulkar has been hardly as visible as some of the other stars. I guess it has helped that Dravid, Ganguly, Amitabh Bachchan etc have all been on the wane.

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (June 20, 2012, 18:38 GMT)


Posted by Extraz on (June 20, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

@superstar100...with that 7000 thousand runs he have also taken 347 wickets and he's also the leading wicket taker in t20s with 58 wickets,how many wickets have dhoni taken??LoLz...but u can't compare dhoni with afridi they both are totally different cricketers...i have lots of respect for dhoni coz he's a real sportsman and definetly he's the best captain india ever had i don't know why some indian bash him coz they lose against eng and aus 1 or 2 series defeat doesn't make him a bad captain! best of luck to u dhoni in future.frm pak

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

He is even richer than Wayne Rooney!!!........come on guys,that's just unbelievable!!!

Posted by maddy20 on (June 20, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

@asiancricket1234 He is only one of the three cricketers who has a strike rate over 85 in ODIs, among those with an average of over 50. Amla and Hussey being the others. Comparing with Afridi is a joke. The fact that he has also won 2 worldcups for India puts him lightyears ahead of boom boom crash crash Afridi who misfires more than he fires!

Posted by Min2_cric on (June 20, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

@ ram prasath n ya i forgot to mention dat in england in 3rd test, if u havnt read d news, in 1st innings, when his batting ws abt to come he was taking a short nap,b4 d players pulled to get up an d go to the this d attitude of a world class batter n dat too at no.7...righto...n he got out after playing 6-7 balls bcoz he ws in a state of dazziness...

Posted by Min2_cric on (June 20, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

@ ram prasath dear dear i dunno y people praise dhoni...u r comparing dhoni nt as batter bt as ano. 7 batter?? has anyone compared tendulkar as a opening batter... a cricketer is compared as a whole...and fyi there are players lyk mathews sammy in level of dhoni...

Posted by ankur.24 on (June 20, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

i think its good to have a player from cricket at least in top 31 of that list . People should not only look at 8 consecutive losses but also look at two world cups and a little consideration should be given to the number 1 test status though for a short duration and its really good if a player from a city like Ranchi from a middle class family gets into that list , it definitely creates a sense of motivation for the young guns of India who would be largely from places like Ranchi bhopal Nagpuretc.....

Posted by Bruisers on (June 20, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

@asiacricket1234 - Oh come on, an ODI average of 51.7 and a place at the top of the ICC rankings for such a long time can't be a fluke. He has an overseas average of 49.6 and about 62% of his ODI runs have come outside of India. He is one of the greatest captains of the modern era and a top batsman with an effective unorthodox technique. And not to forget his usefulness behind the stumps.

Posted by jasonpete on (June 20, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (June 20 2012, 14:14 PM GMT) , Sanga and mahela plays at the top of the order whereas dhoni comes around 6 or 7th place.Indian team packed with dravid,tendulkar and laxman in the middle,so there was no place for dhoni to bat in the middle order.He started playing cricket very late at age compared to other two.Except Sanga ,mahela plays good mostly in home conditions only.Sanga is a good test player,but dhoni is a good one day player.Finaly there is no comparison of afridi,as he is no match for dhoni.Under dhoni,India did achieved two word cups and no.1 test rank,so his market value is high compared to other players.As a captains sanga and mahela never won world cup for srilankan team be it t20 or odi world cup,but India did won those two under msd captaincy.As a normal small town boy,he achieved what many others couldn't get in their long span of career By the way I am also a neutral who don't support Indian team.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

dhoni coming from middle class family maintained his composure & attitude very well.@asiacricket1234 mahela,sanga,afridi are much better player than dhoni only in tests and dhoni is far better than them in odi and t20.If u consider dhoni as package (terrific finisher,captain with 2 wc wins,wicket keeper) he is better than most.but i will agree than he wont get this much amount if he not from india.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Good for cricket's appeal worldwide and good for Dhoni! From a neutral perspective, he is one Indian player that I truly admire for his abilities and his character. Enjoy your good fourtune and be happy!

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 20, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Amazing as he cannot even catch the ball and he's the wicket keeper.

Posted by superstar100 on (June 20, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

dhoni is earning more than sachin and other players but i think you will find new indian name there in that list VIRAT KHOLI the reson is simple he is lagend in making

Posted by nanaji2217 on (June 20, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Rediculous amount of money for a mediocre player. He is a fire/misfire kinda player who is only good as a captain. Time for him to step aside.

Posted by grizzle on (June 20, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Shameful! I would have thought that 8 consecutive away test losses would have dented his image somewhat, but no, it seems like we don't care!

Posted by superstar100 on (June 20, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

@asiacricket1234 i dont know on what basis you compare AFRIDI with DHONI .... DHONI 6800 RUNDS in ODI in just 206 matches what about AFRIDI around 7000 in almost in 350 odi AFRIDI almost retire from cricket one time ....... if you compare DHONI with two sri lankans thats fine but still DHONI has only around 30 and both srilankans are around 33 he has to play lot of cricket ... in world cricket there are only few Wicketkeeper batsman which play imp role in there team like GILLY SANGA and MAHI .....

Posted by rukii on (June 20, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

@asiancricket1234 good point, but it is not only refers to other asian players, rahul dravid is a better player than dhoni. but the thing is dhoni is the best person when it comes to money making in cricket(surpassing sachin). there is no doubt on dhoni's skills in shorter formats. but players like AB,KP who dominates every format are not good enough as dhoni when it comes to money making. dhoni would not make such fortune if he was born in another country. @VJGS dhoni was responsible for both test defeats in Australia and England and even in CB series he was poor at both batting and captaincy. He is just a legend in Asian flat tracks but he still remains as the best finisher india have produce when it comes to chases.

Posted by tasliskr on (June 20, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

congrats dhoni......u changed the whole indian team's attitude towards winning matches

Posted by Shrekk on (June 20, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

This publicity is good for cricket...I hope he makes it to top 20 next year..

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

A man who is fantastic in his work really gets this type of respect

Posted by ProdigyA on (June 20, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Good for him and as much as i like Dhoni, i really think he should retire from Tests. That will also give him some much need break.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

boys who has the fans has the money however you may cry about sangakarra ,jayawardena and afridi who has won two cups and one of them was in SA so he can win outside India as well

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

@WackyWalrus: Hi Buddy, Pls find out how many No.7 batsmen are better than him in the world. and FYI, Dhoni was among the top 3 run scorers for India in SA... And in Eng, he took time to adapt, but from the last test of England tour, none of the English bowlers were able remove him...

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

@asiacricket.....Lolz good joke.....

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (June 20, 2012, 14:45 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

Popularity counts not money....

Posted by Raj1960 on (June 20, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

I am glad opportunity to make big money is available to Indian cricketers. For a long long time, Indian cricketers have suffered poverty after retirement. Just for example very recently a legend of Indian cricket, B.S.Chandrashekhar was found living in very poor conditions. Ramnath Parker another great county cricketer died a sad death at Sion hospital without much resources. Cricketers are entertainers and Iam glad finally they are making at least as much as Bollywood dance around trees actors. We should support other sportsman in India with same adoration for Indian sports to come of age....

Posted by sweetspot on (June 20, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Awesome! Now before rushing off to tell us all what you would do with that kind of money, think of what it takes to be the one and only MSD! Making most of his money in endorsements is natural because he serves such a big population in a booming economy. But the rest of his brand value is undiminished and nobody in the cricketing fraternity would grudge him his success.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (June 20, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

@VJGS: I didnt mean to hurt anyone feeling but you should understand that one match doesnt make any one a legend. Dhoni is a decent player but compare to Mahela or Sanga he is an ordinary player. If you compare their record you will see the difference. Dhoni played most of his good knock at home and he is not really that good out of India or even in test cricket. To be honest if a neutral fan with a good cricket sense make a list of decent Indian player playing at the moment Dhoni wont get a place in top 7 :D (I do think he is a very good captain. Probably the best India ever had :D )

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

As always MSD rocks....this shows how popular he z.......he z getting this much of money bcoz he has succeed that much...

Posted by getgopi on (June 20, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

@asiacricket1234: You maybe right about the Indian sports market, etc. But I don't think the players you mention are necessarily better than Dhoni. At the end of the day, Dhoni delivered in the 2011 WC played in the subcontinent in the midst of the tremendous pressure and expectancy created by those very billion people you mention...and the players you mentioned didn't...not for the much smaller populations they represented. And of the billion people you mention, how many have achieved so much as Dhoni? I am quite sure that a certain amount of those billion people got opportunities at some point in their lives. Well, Dhoni capitalized on his. When you consider his natural flair for leadership, his general level of fitness -- which is almost always better than most other Indian players -- and the way he conducts himself off the field, he was destined for greatness...and wealth. It wasn't simply luck. He is simply one in a billion.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

In ODIs and T20 cricket, Dhoni is definitely among the best. More importantly, in these formats over the past few years, he has single handedly won matches out of nowhere. Needs massive improvement in Tests though.

Posted by VJGS on (June 20, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

@asiacricket1234, Sanga, Afridi, Mahela better than MSD? Please watch the WC Finals and then talk. An out of form Dhoni rose to the occasion to give his side WC Glory after 28 long years (with the help of Gauti, of course).

Posted by TheGecko on (June 20, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

@VJGS: You are probably talking about his ODI performances here. Yes, he is a splendid ODI batsman, but his Test record is laughable.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (June 20, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

This actually shows that having a large population does help the Athlete to be rich. If u judge Team India as a neutral fan than you will not put them as one of top 5 Test team or in top 3 ODI team. They are as good as Bangladesh out of India but still there captain is the richest cricketer in the world because when Dhoni endorse something he promote that product to 1bilion ppl thats why sponsors are happy to pay them that amount of money. To be honest players like Sanga, Mahela, Afridi from Asian team are wayyyy better than Dhoni but they just dont have 1Billion fan :D

Posted by godfreyse on (June 20, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

"Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Dhoni's brand............. love which Indians have for him" I do love that part of the article.

Posted by truthhh on (June 20, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

call income tax:xD,hey dhoni please give some money for poor people,if all the people gives some money for poor people,the world would be a heaven:D

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

yesterday there was an artical showing how CR7 donates lots of money to cancer research. A huge proportion of the money he earns goes to these kind of things. Does Dhoni do the same with the millions of dollors he make? (fyi, Indian cricket fan)

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Its really strange yet wonderful tht MSD has earned more than Rooney & Djokovic in the last year. Impact of Euro crisis?

Posted by VJGS on (June 20, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

He most certainly is a Legend. His playing style maybe a little unorthodox, but that's only because he started playing cricket only when he was 19. He is also a great, great batsman with an average of almost 50 and was India's lone performer during their humiliating defeat at the hands of England.

Posted by KP_84 on (June 20, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

I think the real headline news in this is that Usain Bolt is not in the top 30. He's probably the most talented track-and-filed athelete of all time. Seems like an injustice.

Posted by minty77 on (June 20, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

India...a land of spirituality and equality

Posted by venkatesh018 on (June 20, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Now that u have earned enough, MSD please concentrate on leaving a legacy for yourself in the international game...try to become a Test great...

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 12:11 GMT)


Posted by Just_love_it on (June 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

WOW now that's some MONEY !! Dhoni is making like almost $100,000 per day which i would be happy with per annum :)

Posted by superstar100 on (June 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

i want to know IS DHONI is number 1 in whole cricket to earm maximum at present ???

Posted by boehj on (June 20, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

This is ridiculous. The guy is making >$70k/day in endorsements?!

Posted by rukii on (June 20, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

he have earned almost 6 times of his salary from endorsement. Why don't Dhoni buy one of IPL franchise (mostly deccan)

Posted by Sanj747 on (June 20, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

All from IPL and 20-20. Dhoni wouldn't make a first class team outside India. Highly overrated and unsuitable for test cricket. Captain of a team which has lost all 8 of their last tests away from home. Not sure if I would pay someone a whole lot of money with that sort of money.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Now, if only he can win us some test matches outside India, that would justify his earnings. Good on him for making the dough but I'm sure he'd rather see India win and be Number 1 than be the top money maker.

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