Former Indian cricket team skipper MS Dhoni has emerged as the leading income tax payer in the regions of Bihar and Jharkhand. He paid a whopping tax of Rs 12.17 crore for the financial year of 2017-18. As per a report in Prabhat Khabar, Dhoni has declared advance tax of Rs 3 crore for the next assessment year as well.
According to the chief income tax commissioner V Mahalingam, the 37-year-old cricketer had paid income tax of Rs 10.93 crore in the 2016-17 financial year. Apart from making fortune from other business ventures, MS Dhoni, the senior A category listed player in the Board of Control for Cricket in India earns a lot of money through commercials, endorsements as well as contracts.
Nisha Oraon Singhmaar, the joint commissioner of IT headquarters (Bihar and Jharkhand), said: “MS Dhoni has been the highest individual tax-payer in Jharkhand and Bihar for the 2017-18 FY.” After the third ODI between England and India, the video of MS Dhoni asking the ball from the umpire had gone viral all over the social media.
Many even started guessing that this could be MS Dhoni’s last match of his international career and even the media reports suggested the same. Before retiring from Tests, MS Dhoni uprooted the stumps in his last match against Australia’s Test draw in 2014.
However, Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri has put a full stop to rumours of MS Dhoni retiring on social media. “MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like,” Shastri clarified to Times of India.
The former Indian skipper asked for the ball from umpires Bruce Oxenford and Michael Gough as the teams made its way back towards the pavilion as India lost the third ODI by 8-wickets and with that, they lost the bilateral series 2-1 for the first time since 2016.
This is what Ravi Shastri has to say on all these rumours. “That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere. But right now, all this clamour is nonsense. He just wanted to show the ball to Arun to just have a look at it after close to 45 overs had been bowled,” Shastri confirmed.
Dhoni was criticized for playing slow knock, 59-ball 37 runs at Lord’s in the 2nd ODI which even frustrated many fans as they started booing him.