During the time when Parthiv Patel, Deep Dasgupta and Dinesh Karthik failed to make a mark for the national team, it was MS Dhoni who stepped into the scene after some brilliant display for India A and Jharkhand in domestic tournaments. It was a cold day of 23rd December, 2004 in Chittagong, when the unknown man with long brown hair walked out to the crease only ending up getting run out on duck. The three match ODI series between India and Bangladesh concluded with a 2-1 margin in favour of India but the lad from Ranchi could just score 19 runs in three games.
In doubtful circumstances, he was again picked for the Pakistan ODI series which marked the start of Dhoni era. Playing in his 5th ODI and 2nd game of the series, the 37-year-old played a blasting innings of 148 runs off just 123 deliveries and got a name of big hitter in the team. He slowly and steadily bagged the title of finisher and his shabby looking hair not held a market value as his cricketing prowess made him the brand ambassador of several companies.
Triumph in 2007 World T20 and getting the ODI captaincy increased his brand value and he was only behind Sachin Tendulkar in terms of earning from brand endorsement.
Current net worth
Dhoni is currently the co-owner of Indian Super League(ISL) side Chennaiyin FC and Hockey India League(HIL) side Ranchi Rays. He also owns a range of gym named Sportsfit and Supersport World Championship team named Mahi Racing Team. Furthermore, the former India captain owns Hotel Mahi Residency in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
The CSK skipper is currently endorsing brands like Red Bus, Dream 11 and his net worth is expected to be over $150 million (1100 crore Indian Rupees) comprising of all the brands and business associations, according to Pink Villa.
Dhoni will next feature for the Indian national team in the upcoming world cup.