Bangalore, Dec 3: India captain MS Dhoni has broken records with new bat sponsorship deals worth Rs 25 crores. Dhoni has been signed up by Spartan Sports and Amity University.
Till the end of the India-Australia ODI series recently, Dhoni was using Reebok cricket bat. With the Reebok contract ending, Dhoni has now inked a pact with Spartan Sports. Dhoni was seen using Spartan bats during the India-West Indies three-match ODI series that concluded last week.
According to a report in "Economic Times", Dhoni is set to receive Rs 25 crores per year from Spartan and Amit University. With Reebok, his deal was worth Rs 6 crores per year.
The report said Spartan Sports will play Rs 18-20 crores and the Amity University Rs 6 crores.
On its website, Spartan Sports said: "Spartan Sports is proud to announce the signing of our latest superstar ambassador, Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni. Dhoni joins other international superstars already playing with Spartan including among others, Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, English keeper Matt Prior and t20 rock star Chris Gayle."
Spartan said they will unveil "MSD 7" range of cricket bats soon. "Dhoni has made the move to Spartan as his official bat sponsor and will proudly be using our gear on the pitch. One of the hardest working players in the cricketing community, MS Dhoni captains all three formats of the international game for India, as well as IPL Team Chennai Super Kings. His hardworking, unconventional style fits in perfectly with the culture here at Spartan and we look forward to bringing out the MSD 7 range of cricket and fitness gear to sporting retailers all around the world.
"His new bat the MSD 7 is hand crafted to exact specifications to suit his playing style and is regarded as one of the best bats on the market," Spartan added.