Heavy Teams Heavy Strategies #IPL7 #KKR #MI #CSK


The Indian Premier League will be reaching up to its 7rth season with the upcoming 2014 championship. According to sources the IPL 7 team composition would be determined by a fresh auction that would be held in the coming year. The auction format is mostly the same as that of this year but it’s just that the IPL council has incorporated some significant tweaks in the existent auction protocol for the league. Are you intrigued to know about latest updates on the 2014 IPL auction? Well, here goes a brief highlighting on the chief aspects of the soon to start auction event.

The IPL governing council has already declared the date for the auction. It’s going to be held on February 12 and might stretch to February 13, if necessary. The governing body would soon confirm about the auction venue.

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  1. Every IPL player, uncapped or capped/ Indian or overseas, has to sit for the auctions- the retained players are the only exceptions.
  2. Each squad will have minimum sixteen & maximum 27 players- 9 of whom should be from overseas.

The IPL 7 franchises are allowed to retain up till 5 players in advance who won’t be traded in the auction. The retained players could be capped or uncapped. In regards to capped players, the salary would vary from 12.5 crores INR to 4 crore. The uncapped retained cricketer would be getting 4 crore INR. The franchise retaining all the capped 5 players, would have to pay up the remaining players of the squad with the left 21 crore INR balance.

Unlike the previous IPL auctions where the payments were decided on dollars, this time, the payment would be given in terms of INR.

The IPL 2014 has introduced a new rule called “right to match” for the franchises where the team owners have the right to buy back the “sold” players.

#‎MI‬ likely to retain their Captain R.Sharma and pinch hitter K.Pollard , though they have Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson and Dwayne Smith on their priority foreign players and Indian Players like Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha are on their wish list .

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#‎KKR‬ likely to retain Captain Gambhir, and Sunil Naraine . They have their wishlist extended for Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan .

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#‎CSK on the other hand likely to retain Thala MSD, Sir Jadeja and Raina on their side , but on their wish list are Du Plesis, Bravo, Aswin and M.Vijay …
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Heavy Teams Heavy strategies.. Every team has the right to retain 5 of their players this season .
The last date for the submission of the retention list is January 10 and the teams are working overtime to finalise the names.

According to this season’s retention policy, a franchise can release a player in the auction pool and buy him at the February 14 auction through the matching-card system – this system allows teams to buy back their original players after the other teams have finished bidding for them.

With Various Inputs – MI

Most Followed Trending Topics On Twitter in 2013


From breaking the news of a royal baby to a presidential election or the retirement of the cricketing legend, twitter continued to be the platform for mass interaction. So, let’s have a look at some of the most tweeted topics in 2013 that rocked the internet world.

Presidential inauguration, United States

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The United States ushered in a second term for Barack Obama this year. Many people recorded the event by collecting social media and updates from around the Web, especially from twitter. The White House story drew heavily from the official presidential social media accounts, and continued with the updates even after the day of the actual event. There were around 1.1 million inauguration-related tweets during the ceremony. First Lady, Michelle Obama too tweeted: “Honored and blessed to be joining so many of my fellow Americans gathered to watch the Inauguration.” With over 34.7 million followers, U.S. President Barack Obama is the most followed head of state in Twitter.

Sachin Tendulkar Retirement

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As cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar, played his 200th and final Test, tributes poured in on twitter in honor of the Master Blaster. From cricketers to politicians to celebrities from all walks of life, all took to twitter to express their feelings and to pay their tribute. In tribute to Sachin, BCCI ran a campaign in twitter called #ThankYouSachin, which generated over 3 million tweets. #ThankYouSachin was used not only by common Twitter users but also by celebrities like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Sachin acknowledged the campaign, he wrote on Twitter page, “I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best,” reports TOI. The tweet was retweeted over 16,000. This makes it the most tweeted news in India, reveals Twitter. “I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best,” tweets Sachin.

Death of Nelson Mandela

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After the former South African president—Nelson Mandela’s death, Twitter spiked at 95,000 tweets per minute  and has been flooded with tweets that are  tributes to this great legend. Madiba, also became a trending topic on Twitter with public figures, including former president Bill Clinton, tweeting affectionately about the leader. Over six million tweets were recorded and even the funeral ceremony generated around 328 000 tweets.

Election of Pope Francis

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The election of Pope Francis does clock in as one of the biggest Twitter event of all time in the tweets per minute range. He is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of re-tweets worldwide. Pope, with 7.2 million followers is also the second most-followed leader of the world, after U.S. President Barack Obama. The new Pope’s papal inauguration generated more than 130,000 tweets per minute at its peak. Cardinal of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio‘s election dominated online discussion to such a degree that it became the subject of eight of the top 10 trending topics at one point, says Twitter.

The Birth of Royal Baby, UK

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The news of the new born Prince of Cambridge earlier this year, brought Twitter close to meltdown as millions from around the world shared their excitement and offered congratulations. Incredible 487million Twitter users have posted about the Duchess of Cambridge going into labour even before the baby’s birth was announced. A spark of conversation came in the minutes following the initial announcement, with over 25,300 tweets per minute. According to Twitter, the highest volumes of tweets came from the UK, the United States, Canada, France and Italy. It was thought to be one of the busiest days the social network has ever experienced.

Government Shutdown, United States

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The government of U.S. when shutdown for 16 days after Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014. Regular government operations resumed after an interim appropriations bill was signed into law. During that period, millions of tweets have been generated all over the world. Social media like twitter served as a megaphone for dozens of politicians airing their opinions to masses.

India’s Mars Mission

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With India’s mars mission successfully launched, it became the first Asian country and fourth nation in the world to leap into the interplanetary space with its Rs.450-crore exploratory mission to Mars, about 400-million km from earth. Even this event took lots of netizens to voice their opinion in the social media especially in twitter. Here are some of the tweets- “Actually that’s how I celebrate #Diwali. By firing small rockets like #Mangalyaan. #MissionMars #MarsMission #IndiaMarsMission #lol.” “Its incredible that @ISRO_India managed to put together #IndiaMarsMission is just 15 months!”

The Boston Marathon Bombings

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Twitter have brought the best and worst scene of the Boston Marathon Bombings that took place in April at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Gossip and poorly reported news spread like wildfire over social networks, creating some confusion regarding the identities of the suspected bombers. But Twitter also provided a way for people to spread accurate news, and more importantly, come together in grief and support. There were more than 27 million tweets sent related to the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Wanted to become a soldier, became cricketer – Dhoni #MSD @ChennaiIPL


Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wanted to become a soldier since childhood. He used to visit Ranchi Kent area but destiny intervened, and he became a cricketer. Dhoni

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spent a day with military personnel in the Parachute Regiment and Aaj Tak witnessed these special moments. One day between army troops and soldiers Dhoni’s amazing how Dhoni’s fun, it’s on 5th October at 8pm- 9pm on Aaj Tak’s show – Solid young, star captain.

Dhoni at Parachute Regiment enjoyed the whole day. Spoke with soldiers, learned a lot from him. Mark saw drill. What kind of military attack during the turn lock on the front, Dhoni has seen it all and learned. Dhoni is fond of shooting targets at a shooting range and heavily planted. Captain Cool joke done well here. Every shot was perfectly fitted to Dhoni, Dhoni smiled but missed once said -” I stand behind the till, at the same pressure missed. Media monitors everything.” In these talks Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he is very afraid of heights. Fan Dhoni was still jump. He said it came from the bottom up -” The uniform is something special. Maybe this is all in uniform, which I was not afraid.”

Dhoni after the evening tea party with seals made it great. Some sing and dance troops had passed. Dhoni’s men they want me to dance, but Dhoni said when he returns next time dance course. Some also questioned Dhoni seals. Asked the young man how are you so cool. The Dhoni replied: – “The day I have to press conference, a day before I go and sit in the fridge, I am the Being Cool.”

Dhoni’s men met with great warmth. Also lavishly praised. Dhoni said in response to a question – “Since childhood I wanted to join the Army. Army area was often goes in Ranchi. Seeing the soldiers thought
that one day I’ll be the same. ” After cricketer to come out in the Army in response to a question,

Dhoni said – “I want to serve the country. And thus had the opportunity to serve my country so I accepted. “

Asked a young man – you become a soldier and military and cricket cricketer and why not make it, we are not able to play in the IPL. Dhoni said this – “Cricket is a game which anyone can play. There is no cap. You can play the IPL. Provided you have the ability to play good cricket then you can also get a chance to play. “

Army Dhoni with many unseen, unknown factor em erged. Dhoni when he met with the widows and the children got to see a different face. Dhoni was emotional. Spent time with the children of military widows, were all his demands are met. He gave autographs and posed for pictures.

MS Dhoni’s 32nd birthday: A summary of greatness in three sixes


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That electric evening at Wankhede. Excitement spilling into the ground from the packed stadium in echoing waves of anticipation. The atmosphere sizzling with concentrated focus of the entire nation. Nuwan Kulasekara running in with five runs to win. The scene played over and over in the euphoric memories of the Indian cricket fan. And then down came MS Dhoni’s willow, the uninhibited swing resonating with the momentous occasion, and the white ball streaked through the night sky, soaring over long on, into the ecstatic crowd.

After a 28-year wait, India had won the World Cup. Dhoni had been having a less than ordinary tournament till then. Every move of his had been mercilessly criticised, severely hauled over calumnious flames of downright abuse. With the benefit of hindsight, a loss and a tie in the initial games had been piled up as the sins from which he could get absolution only through a win in the final. His lack of form with the bat had been placed under colossal microscopes for relentless censure. Every small stutter along the way, of every member of the outfit, had been crucified in the media — print, electronic, television and social. In such circumstances, on the final day, the captain had promoted himself ahead of Yuvraj Singh, had walked right into the epicentre of action, and had struck the match-winning 91 from 79 balls.

As the ball was sent into the orbit, Dhoni’s celebratory display was a momentary smile after which the triumph reflected only off the stump in his hand and a twinkle in his eye. The innumerable poison darts of denigration had struck the placid, impregnable, ice-cool equanimity of the Indian captain and fallen away neutered and impotent. He had not made the one mistake that mattered, that of not winning the Cup.

The moment of triumph was a defining snapshot of MS Dhoni. He has hit 247 sixes in international cricket till now, 75 in Tests, 152 in One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 20 in Twenty 20 Internationals (T20I). But, this one stroke stamped the essence of the player and the man. And perhaps two more underline the story of this phenomenal cricketer.

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Six #2

The first was hit at Faisalabad in 2006. At that point of time, his experience was limited and his hair long. He had already made his presence reverberate across stadiums with his power-hitting in ODIs.

His fifth appearance had fetched 148 at Vishakhapatnam, the second Indian wicketkeeper to hit a century in ODIs — and here we must add that the first was Rahul Dravid. Six months later, he had clobbered the Sri Lankan attack at Jaipur to chase down a target on the brink of 300, hitting 15 fours and 10 sixes in an unbeaten 183. Yet, his flair had been only mildly visible in the four Test matches till then. Now he walked in at 258 for four, with the huge Pakistan total of 588 looming ahead, follow-on very much on the cards. Shoaib Akhtar was breathing fire with the second new ball, Mohammad Asif sending them down at scorching pace. An injury-plagued Sachin Tendulkar was struggling to negotiate the furious attack. The Pakistan bowlers had tasted blood and were moving in for the kill. Sohaib charged in and bounced the newcomer. Dhoni rocked back and pulled. The ball came off the middle of the bat like a crack of thunder, and sailed over square-leg for six. If Pakistan had doubts about Dhoni’s pedigree, they were laid to rest with this one stroke. Tendulkar departed soon enough, but Dhoni continued to flay the bowling, driving and lofting off the front foot when they pitched up, and merrily unfurling the hooks and pulls when targeted with the short balls.

Dhoni hit 148 that day, and India ended up with a slim first innings lead. The realisation did briefly dawn on the nation that here was a wicketkeeper batsman the like of whom India had never known before. It would be a while before the public would quickly transition into their favourite pastime of looking a gift horse in the mouth.

By the end of the tour, Dhoni had struck 68, 72 not out and 77 not out in the ODIs that followed, to win India the series emphatically and earn sumptuous praise for his batting and hair style from Pervez Musharraf.

Six #3

There was a third special six. It came about at Chennai against Australia earlier this year. It was the first Test of the series and a titanic tussle had ensued for the upper hand.

Australia had scored 380 and India were in a spot of bother at 196 for four when Dhoni walked in. Not only was it a crucial phase for the Test and series, it was also a moment of reckoning for Dhoni himself. After the World Cup win, India had lost eight away Tests, four in England and four in Australia. Seven of them had come under his leadership. In the interim period, home series against West Indies and New Zealand had been won, but they had been largely taken for granted by the press and public. India had struggled abroad with poor bowling and ageing senior cricketers.

And once a new-look line up had been fielded, they had been defeated 2-1 at home by a superbly equipped England side. The calls for Dhoni’s head had risen to a deafening chorus. It was primarily the lack of alternatives that had saved his job at the helm. Now Dhoni proceeded to script his destiny with his bat. After a period of sensible consolidation, Moses Henriques was brought on for a fresh spell. Off his first ball, Dhoni planted his left-foot down the wicket and launched him over mid-off for a spectacular six.

The stroke will continue to send shivers down the spine of the hapless bowler for a number of years to come. It will also go down as an audacious triumph of strategy. The Indian captain picked the bowlers to hit and the spots to hit them with aplomb. And when the ball was new and hard, he shrewdly capitalised on it to plunder a flurry of boundaries, snatching the initiative briskly and surely out of the grasp of Australia.

Dhoni went on to hit an epic 224 and Australia never recovered, not in the match, not on the tour. India won the series 4-0, like so many of Dhoni’s achievements a first for the country. In the course of the demolition, Dhoni became the most successful captain of India. He also silenced the rather ridiculous line of reasoning, driven by specific agendas or glaring errors of perception, that he did not possess the technique to bat in Test matches. Dhoni’s saga of successes is plentiful, but these three sixes provide a snapshot of path through which his brilliant star has risen across the skies of Indian cricket.

This article was originally posted on CricketCountry.com. Read the complete feature here: MS Dhoni, a saga of stupendous success

#CSK – Chennai Super Kings hopes to encash its fanbase through retail spaces, clubs and merchandise


Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings will soon launch a resort-style health club in its home city in a move seen as a bid to ensure recent controversies such as the IPL match-fixing scandal do not impact its popularity.
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The IPL franchisee owned by India Cements also plans to venture into sportswear retailing and cricket gear market to add more income streams and stay connected to its fans throughout the year.

The 30,000-square feet health club-which will have facilities like gym, cafe, restaurant, and a rehabilitation centre for players – will open by the end of 2014, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) business head Chandrabhan Singh told ET.

“The health club will be a platform for a growing number of Chennai fans to meet and know each other,” he said.

CSK has over 21,000 paid members in its fan club. It plans to open two more such facilities in Chennai and venture into other cities depending on the success of the first club.

“We are looking for space in Chennai and need to be right with the business model. We are debating on whether we should buy the land or take it on lease,” says Singh.

The IPL team expects 60% of its revenues to come from outside of IPL. It currently gets 8% (around 14 crore) of its revenues from merchandising, while 48% comes through sponsorship. The franchisee sells around 73 items through 600 stores in the country.

“We have sold 1,20,000 products in FY13 and target to sell one million by 2016. The sponsorship money has also gone up by 22% in the last IPL season,” says Singh.

The IPL franchisee also plans to open a retail chain called Armor Clothing that will house motorcycling and racing wear along with other CSK merchandise. It also plans to get into cricket kit manufacturing space. The kit will be endorsed by team members and be available across the country.

“We are a sports entertainment brand and are looking to increase the lifestyle range,” Singh said.

CSK has tied up with PGC, a Tirupur-based retailer of Swiss brand Switcher, as its lifestyle merchandise partner. Its upcoming health club in Chennai will play host to the team’s fans and sell health-related products. All these efforts may also help motivate the team and to reduce the impact of recent controversies on its brand image.

Recently, India Cements MD N Srinivasan‘s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested for his alleged involvement in the IPL match-fixing scandal. Also, Srinivasan himself was forced to step down as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India till the investigation into the spot-fixing scandal is completed.

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Another controversy that impacted the team recently was over its skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni holding a stake in Rhiti, a sport management firm that manages him and Chennai Super Kings besides some other Indian cricketers.

By Sobia Khan, ET

MS Dhoni becomes first captain to win all ICC trophies #Dhoni #MSD #CT13


India‘s five-run win over England on Sunday has given their leader MS Dhoni a rare triple, that of becoming the first captain in world cricket to have won all major ICC trophies.

The ICC Champions Trophy followed Dhoni leading India to glory in the 2007 World Twenty20 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011.

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India’s five-run win over England in Birmingham on Sunday meant their captain added the Champions Trophy to his kitty after the World Twenty20 and World Cup.

His team entered the tournament on the back of the IPL 6 spot-fixing controversy which threatened  seriously unravel the credibility of Indian cricket.

In the end, they remained unbeaten in England and Wales, opening the tournament with victory of South Africa at Cardiff and wrapping it up with a narrow win over the hosts in Birmingham. India won all six matches in the Champions Trophy.

In addition to laying his hands on all three ICC trophies, Dhoni led India to the top of the ICC Test rankings in December 2009.

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India seize Champions Trophy victory as England choke in final straight #CT13

India seize Champions Trophy victory as England choke in final straight #CT13


 

India, unquestionably the most vibrant side in the tournament, won the Champions Trophy, depriving England of their first ODI title in a global event. In truth India won a T20 match, for that is what this showpiece event had been reduced to after rain had threatened to wash things out altogether.

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India celebrate winning the Champions Trophy as James Tredwell of England, needing six off the last ball, missed it. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Chasing 130 to win, England came unstuck against the Indian spinners, hoist with their own petard on the sort of dry crumbly pitch that they may crave in the coming few months but which is meat and drink to India.

As long as Eoin Morgan, the Ice Man, and Ravi Bopara were together, compiling a stand of 64 from 55 balls for the fifth wicket, England were in with a chance and had begun a charge to the line, with 59 required from the last six overs. The pair took the score to 110 for four, midway through the 18th over, at which point Morgan, having made 33, chipped a catch off Ishant Sharma to midwicket. It set in train a painful collapse.

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Bopara pulled the next ball to square leg, Jos Buttler was bowled first ball by Ravindra Jadeja and, when Tim Bresnan was comically run out following an lbw appeal, four wickets had fallen for three runs in eight balls. They were scuttled. Still, it came down to 15 from the final over, bowled by Ravi Ashwin, and six from the final ball, faced by James Tredwell.

As the ball bit and turned he was not within a foot of it and the Indian team and the thousands of their supporters began their celebrations. England had choked. The man of the match was Jadeja, whose 33 from 25 balls at the end of the Indian innings and particularly his six off Bresnan in the final over gave them a working total. With the addition of Suresh Raina‘s offspin, the Indian spinners bowled 11 overs and took four for 54: England’s solitary spinner, Tredwell, took one for 25.

If the target had seemed a perfectly reasonable prospect, then account had to be taken of the overs to be bowled by the Indian spinners. Tredwell had found some turn during the Indian innings and the dry surface was not going to improve while England’s decision to field was based on the possibility of a Duckworth-Lewis run chase. In this it backfired: the reduced-overs match removed D-L and gave the advantage of batting first to India. Once Ashwin and Jadeja got their teeth into things, England’s approach faltered.

It began badly when Alastair Cook steered to slip and, although Jonathan Trott began briskly, he then misjudged Ashwin, bowling round the wicket, so that he overbalanced as he tried to flick a ball heading down the leg side.

The India captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, started to turn the screw, hounding the batsmen with close fielders, the ball spitting and the crowd ecstatic. Ian Bell managed one reverse-swept boundary but Joe Root top-edged a pull to give Ashwin a second wicket. There followed a moment of controversy when Bell played and missed at Jadeja’s left-arm spin and, although initially out of his ground, appeared to have his right foot back and down a fraction before Dhoni removed the bails. The replays appeared to bear this out but to almost universal surprise the third umpire, Bruce Oxenford, had seen otherwise. It was an astonishing decision: who knows the cost to England?

Earlier Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had made a cautious start against Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. The first boundary came in the third over when Sharma edged Anderson through the second slip area and then Dhawan benefited from four overthrows after Buttler could only deflect Bresnan’s throw beyond Morgan’s reach.

It was Broad who made the first inroad when Sharma drove loosely and the ball came between bat and pad to take the top of off stump. The first of two rain-breaks came when Broad was into his third over and to his first ball after the restart, short and wide of off stump, Dhawan produced an upper-cut, played with both feet off the ground, that sent the ball high over third man for six. It was the introduction of Bopara to bowl the ninth over that set India back. His second ball was cleverly held back and Dhawan, deceived, could only toe-end it to extra cover. His 31 was his lowest score of the tournament.

Bopara then removed Raina, caught at mid-on, and the key wicket of Dhoni, taken at third man by Tredwell, without scoring to complete a double-wicket maiden. It was 44 ODI innings ago that Dhoni last made a duck. In the previous over Tredwell had claimed Dinesh Karthik, who top-edged a sweep to backward square-leg. At 66 for five, after 13 overs, India were in trouble. The boundaries had dried up and the England bowlers were controlling things.

Virat Kohli decided to go on the attack and began by ruining Bopara’s excellent figures with a thunderous cover-driven boundary and another swept to square leg: 12 came from the over. He and Jadeja began to hare between the wickets. By the time India took their two-over batting powerplay, 30 runs had come from the previous three overs and another 20 came from those, during which Kohli was dropped by Trott at backward point off Broad. Kohli celebrated by pulling the same bowler high into the stands for six. Jadeja then hit Anderson over extra cover for another, before Kohli was well caught at long-off for 43, from 34 balls. There was time for Jadeja to clump one further six over midwicket to end the innings.

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MS Dhoni becomes first captain to win all ICC trophies

Indian cricket’s mega-rich: Djokovic, Alonso poorer than Dhoni; Sachin richer than Rooney


Forbes rich list has two Indian cricketers richer than many global sporting icons

Normally, it might be seen as something to be proud of.

A game coming of age on the global stage.

However, Indian cricketers do not want the spotlight on their wealth. Not at this time when the Indian Premier League T20’s 6th edition– one of the biggest cash cows for cricketers across the globe – is under a huge cloud of illegal betting and spot-fixing.

India’s cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in the Top 20 of Forbes’ latest list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

MSD is at number 16 on the list with Forbes citing his total earnings at $31.5 million, salary and winnings at $3.5 million and endorsements at $28 million.

Dhoni is currently battling questions raised by the Indian media about a conflict of interest he has by holding a stake in a sports company that manages some of the players in the Indian cricket team.

Dhoni also captains the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), a team that is in the eye of the IPL match-fixing, betting scandal, with one of its owners in a police probe over spot-fixing.

Dhoni could have done without the focus on his wealth at this point in time.

What is really impressive about the Forbes ranking is Dhoni’s position vis-à-vis other global athletes.

Consider this.

There is only one other cricketer in the top 100.

Sachin Tendulkar, despite his age and his drop in form, still pulls in the bucks.

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Forbes has his wealth broken down as Total Earnings: $22 million; Salary/winnings: $4 million; Endorsements: $18 million. Where is he on the list? At number 51.

Much lower than Dhoni, but, higher than Wayne Rooney who can only make it to number 61 on the list with total earnings at $21.1 million, salary/winnings at $18.1 million and endorsements at $3 million.

Dhoni sits high above these two global brand icons and leaves some other big name sportspersons way down the list.

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Among those that cannot match the owner of cricket’s ‘helicopter shot’ are Fernando Alonso at number 19 (total earnings: $30 million), Maria Sharapova at 22 (total earnings: $29 million), Novak Djokovic at 28 (total earnings: $26.9 million), Rafael Nadal at 30 (total earnings: $26.4 million) and the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, who can only make number 40 on Forbes’ list with total earnings of $24.2 million.

Dhoni is rich. So rich in fact that he is now in the company of boxing’s elite. Dhoni at number 16 on the list has two of the richest sportsmen in history sitting just above him. These two have more often than not been at the top of this list.

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao both sit at number 14, just above Dhoni. Floyd’s total earnings according to Forbes is $34 million as is Filipino legend Pacquiao’s.

May be one more IPL and MSD will over-take them as well.

The World’s Top 10 Highest-Paid Athletes

#1 Tiger Woods

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Total Earnings: $78.1 million
Salary/winnings: $13.1 million
Endorsements: $65 million
 
#2 Roger Federer

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Total Earnings: $71.5 million
Salary/winnings: $6.5 million
Endorsements: $65 million
 
#3 Kobe Bryant

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Total earnings: $61.9 million
Salary/winnings: $27.9 million
Endorsements: $34 million
 
#4 LeBron James

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Total Earnings: $59.8 million
Salary/winnings: $17.8 million
Endorsements: $42 million
 
#5 Drew Brees

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Total Earnings: $51 million
Salary/winnings: $40 million
Endorsements: $11 million
 
#6 Aaron Rodgers

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Total Earnings: $49 million
Salary/winnings: $43 million
Endorsements: $6 million
 
#7 Phil Mickelson

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Total Earnings: $48.7 million
Salary/winnings: $4.7 million
Endorsements: $44 million
 
#8 David Beckham

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Total Earnings: $47.2 million
Salary/winnings: $5.2 million
Endorsements: $42 million
 
#9 Cristiano Ronaldo

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Total Earnings: $44 million
Salary/winnings: $23 million
Endorsements: $21 million
 
#10 Lionel Messi

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Total Earnings: $41.3 million
Salary/winnings: $20.3 million
Endorsements: $21 million
 
List courtesy Forbes.com
 
Boxers down, Tiger on top

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Tiger Woods, whose four wins this season have seen him return to the top of golf’s world rankings, is also back on top of Forbes’ list of highest-paid sports figures.

An article posted on the magazine’s website this week gives the rundown of the 2013 list, which will appear in the June 24 issue.

Woods had topped the Forbes list from 2001-2011 — staying there despite the loss of some sponsors in the wake of the sex scandal that engulfed him in November of 2009.

But he fell to third last year, behind boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Forbes calculates he is back on top, raking in $78.1 million over the 12 months from June 1, 2012 through June 1, 2013 from prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and golf course design work.

His resurgence on the course has seen him double his prize money from the previous 12 months.

According to Forbes, Woods’s victories have further boosted his income thanks to bonuses tied to wins from sponsors Nike and Rolex, while his course design business is improving after some setbacks.

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer ranks second on the list with earnings of $71.5 million, while Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is third at 61.9 million.

Miami Heat star LeBron James, the NBA Most Valuable Player whose team is battling to repeat as champion this season, came in fourth with $59.8 million and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed the top five with $51 million.

Mayweather dropped from first to 14th this year — tied with Filipino fight king Pacquiao.

Mayweather had earnings of $34 million from his fight with Robert Guerrero in May, while in the period covered for the 2012 list he fought twice.

Pacquiao netted $26 million from his December fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, according to Forbes, which reckons Pacquiao also pulled in an estimated $8 million in endorsements.

Russian Maria Sharapova was the highest earning woman on the list, in 22nd place. Fellow tennis players Serena Williams of the United States and Li Na of China were the only other women in the list of 100 sports figures.

Forbes based its earnings figures on salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees and licensing and endorsement income for the 12 months between June 1, 2012 and June 1, 2013.

MS Dhoni holds no shareholding in Rhiti Sports: Firm


It was reported in the media that Dhoni has a 15% stake in Rhiti Sports which also manages Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha, besides the Indian captain.

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As a controversy broke out over alleged conflict of interest of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, sports management firm Rhiti Sports on Monday said he holds no stake in the company.

It was reported in the media that Dhoni has a 15% stake in Rhiti Sports which also manages Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha, besides the Indian captain.

However, the firm said that Dhoni was a shareholder only for a brief period, and currently has no stake.

“As on date, MSD holds no shareholding in Rhiti Sports Management (P) Ltd. However, it is made clear that shareholding was allotted to MSD on 22.03.2013 only to secure certain old outstandings which were due for more than one year.

“Further, the payments were cleared in April 2013 and the shareholding was transferred back to promoter of the company on 26.04.2013,” Rhiti Sports chairman Arun Pandey said in a statement.

In 2010, Dhoni signed up with Rhiti Sports reportedly for Rs 210 crore, an average of Rs 70 crore a year, the costliest deal in Indian cricket.

“We at Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd are greatly aggrieved at the widespread media reports regarding alleged conflict of interest of MSD.

“Though not obligated to but in order to put at rest these widespread speculations, we are issuing the following statement to bring in knowledge the correct factual matrix.

“It is made clear that the Management of Rhiti Sports Management (P) Ltd understands its obligations to the field of sport and the country and adheres to the laws of the land,” he added in the statement.

Interestingly, two of these players — Raina and Jadeja — are part of the same IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings, which is also captained by Dhoni.

Ojha had joined Rhiti Sports during Australia‘s last tour of India.

While there were no comments from Dhoni, pacer Rudra Pratap Singh, whose name was also mentioned in the report as one of the players managed by Rhiti Sports, denied having any association with the firm.

“Don’t know what exactly is running in the news but just to clarify I am not with Rhiti Sports,” tweeted

R P Singh after the report came out.

RP Singh has played 14 Tests and 58 ODIs for India. He has taken 40 wickets in the longer format and has 69 scalps in the one-dayers.

He has been out of favour for some time and has not played a Test or ODI since 2011.

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Michael Vaughn lauds MS Dhoni on double-century


Former England captain Michael Vaughn lauded Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday for his performance against Australia on the third day of the first cricket Test match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Dhoni scored an unbeaten 206 to take India to 515/8, to give the hosts a lead of 135 runs with two days left in the match. During his innings, which included 22 boundaries and five massive sixes, he scored at a strike rate of 84.77.

“The coolest man in world cricket MS Dhoni delivers when it most matters… Incredible innings against the Aussies… #Dhoni,” tweeted Vaughan.

In the process, Dhoni also crossed the 4,000-run mark in Test cricket. He also has the highest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman when he surpassed Budhi Kunderan‘s 192.

Legendary spinner Shane Warne was also impressed by Dhoni’s knock.

WOW, MS Dhoni is going off here in Chennai, amazing batting,” tweeted Warne.