MS Dhoni Signs 26 Crore deal with Vijay Mallya's UB Group

India captain, Mahendra singh Dhoni has 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. "We got a very good offer, so we went for the deal," Arun Pandey, the owner of Rhiti Sports Management, told ESPNcricinfo. The deal is reportedly the largest ever signed by an Indian sportsperson. In July, Dhoni signed a three-year endorsement deal worth approximately Rs 2.1 billion ($ 42 million) with a joint venture between Rhiti and advertising agency Mindscapes.
The venture is responsible for the gamut of Dhoni's endorsements, from brand associations to digital rights, as well as his presence on social networking sites. Mindscapes was already managing Dhoni's endorsements prior to the deal, but not the rest of his properties. The contract with McDowell's is one step towards fulfilling that obligation to Dhoni, Pandey said. They are also working on a couple of other deals, and a formal announcement is expected in January.