M.S. Dhoni- A Cricketer With A Visionary Business Bent
A Successful Captain.A Successful Businessman.
He is hailed as the most successful captain of the Indian cricket team. But he also has keen interest in business. The new movie M.S. Dhone- The Untold Story might just cover his cricketing story but rest assured, he is doing more than that in real life. Let’s here look at some of the business ventures he is a part of.
Mahi Racing India
Dhoni owns a bike racing team in FIM Supersport World Championship. Earlier known as MSD-R-N, it was later rechristened to Mahi Racing in July 2012. Mahi also brought on board Telugu star actor NagarjunaAkkineni to help with the managing the team.
A defunct hockey team, Ranchi Rhinos, was resurrected by Dhoni in partnership with Sahara Parivar. It is now known as Ranchi Rays. Dhoni bought it in 2014 realizing the potential of the team. As of 2015, it was declared as one of the champions at the India Hockey League.
Dhoni again joined forces and this time with his business manager, ArunPandey, to launch a chain of his own fitness center, SportsFit, in 2012. The aim was to open a chain of 200 more franchisee gyms across India in the next five years. Total investment of INR 2,000 croreswas lined up for this idea. The first one to open was in Gurgaon- a 25,000 sqft gym- where Dhoni personally handpicked the equipment and selected the trainers.
In year 2014, the Cheenaiyin FC football team won its first Indian Super League against FC Goa by 2-1. Do you know who owned the team? M.S.Dhoni! In collaboration with AhishekBachchan and Asian Paints’ Vita Dani, Dhoni struck this multi-million deal. Dhoni had hand-picked the team players comprising of international footballers. He wanted the team to be a mix of international and Indian players. His aim is to grow the popularity of professional football in the country so that more and more youth can persue their football dreams.
Dhoni has spoken many times about how a successful partnership is more important than a century. If the partnership is worked upon and made strong, runs will automatically come; in this case profit. And with these ventures, he has indeed become a successful entrepreneur as well.
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