Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 6 October 2014 became the co-owner of the Indian Super League franchise Chennaiyin FC. The high-profile Indian Super League (ISL) is scheduled to start on 12 October 2014 and the final will be played on 20 December 2014.
Dhoni inked the deal to be a co-owner of Chennaiyin FC along with Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan who is the owner of the team. The announcement was made by Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dan.
Dhoni is the fourth cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli to own a football team of the Indian Super League. Sachin is a co-owner of Kerala Blasters, while former captain Ganguly is a co-owner of Atletico de Kolkata. Vice-Captain of Indian cricket team, Kohli is the co-owner of ISL team FC Goa.
About Indian Super League (ISL)
Indian Super League (ISL) is a football event similar to Indian Premier League. The first edition of ISL has eight teams and each team is a mix of foreign and Indian talent. The eight teams of the league are
• Atlético De Kolkata
• Chennaiyin FC
• Delhi Dynamos FC
• FC Pune City
• FC Goa
• Kerala Blasters FC
• Mumbai City FC
• NorthEast United FC
Comment: It seems that Indian Super League is an approach that would help Indian football to garner a place in world football. By playing with international stars, Indian players would learn the footballing style and techniques, which would help them in performing better in the international arena.
Who: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
When: 6 October 2014