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Rikkuji was how everyone addressed Rakesh Nath, secretary to Madhuri Dixit, the Bollywood queen of the s. Rikkuji was secretary in name only; in reality he was all things to Dixit, striking deals for her, talking to her producers, and managing her schedule.
Other film stars had their own Rikkujis. Many of the Rikkujis worked on instinct and through unofficial channels. They thrived when the film industry was inward-looking, worked on verbal agreements, and had their sources of finance hidden out of sight. Things began to change as corporatisation and transparency pulled Bollywood out of the shadows.
Around the same time, cricket players came into their own as brand ambassadors. Salim Durrani was an oddity while promoting Brylcreem, Sunil Gavaskar his usual prima donna self while appearing in Thums Up advertisements, and Kapil Dev the favourite son making well-deserved money on the side by lending his earthy voice to Palmolive da jawab nahin.
But in the new century, only those walking through the team stayed out of advertising. Those who became fixtures, also became a regular in commercials. The time came when brands like Pepsi and Samsung would rope in not one or two but nearly half the team in a single commercial. The house of Percept, headed by brothers Shailendra and Harindra Singh, outdid WorldTel, providing professional services to a bunch of celebrities - cricketers as well as film stars - with a minimum amount guaranteed in fees.
But Percept did not have control over film selection; that the stars decided. And film roles have a high impact on an actor's branding. There was a time when Percept soared high, but its zenith would remain Sourav Ganguly, the captain of the cricket team from towho earned a reputation for being feisty and won matches outside the Indian subcontinent.
The flip side of being feisty is controversy. Ganguly got into a bagful of those. The lowest point was his bickering with coach Greg Chappell, in which leaked emails were used as a potent tool. For all his vision as captain, Ganguly failed to look too far into the future when it came to off-field management of his image.
Dhoni does, and how far into the future he sees will be known only once he is done playing. For now, he is back to being everyone's favourite. On March 6, two days after India got into a lead over Australia in their four-Test series, Gavaskar said Dhoni should stay captain till The same day, The Times of India said "Dhoni's brand value to get double-ton boost". Gavaskar's earlier contention - voiced a few weeks back - was that the sooner Virat Kohli was made captain the better it would be.
Dhoni loses five brand endorsements as his popularity seems to wane". In the midst of it, Dhoni's own voice managed to retain its natural lack of modulation. All he had to say after the victory in Hyderabad, which made him the most successful Indian captain in Test matches, was that the milestone was "overrated and hyped".
Ganguly's enduring image will be his bare torso on the Lord's balcony, waving his jersey in response to Andrew Flintoff taking off his shirt after winning a match on England's tour to India. Dhoni could have gone much further after going up against Australia in Mohali on March The rabble rousers were shouting from the rooftops about the dish best served cold, as the Indian team had lost all four Tests on the last tour to Australia.
But all Dhoni said was: One of Dhoni's early moves to build his own brand was a deal with Prannoy Roy's NDTV for exclusive interviews, views, and special shows. At a press conference on a hot Sunday afternoon in May to announce the deal, Dhoni appeared in a full-sleeve, dirt brown, round-neck T-shirt, sporting long, bleached hair, and mouthed platitudes. He had the bearing of a boy from the boondocks trying to be cool.
A year later, he had succeeded. As India won the T20 World Cup, without stalwarts Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, who chose to opt out of the then fledgling format, Dhoni was the toast of the country. He led a parade that brought the Mumbai traffic to a standstill and earned the moniker of Captain Cool.
By that time, Arun Pandey, who had played in the Ranji Trophy with Dhoni, had reconciled to his own limited talent.
He knew he did not have it in him to break into the national team. Along the way, he had spent time at the office of music and movies company T-Series, where he befriended founder Gulshan Kumar's brother Darshan.
He would just hang around and do the odd bits of work Darshan Kumar threw his way to give him a taste of things. The time spent at T-Series gave him the belief that he could hold his own in the corporate world.
He took the plunge inand set up Rhiti Sports, named after one of the several forms of goddess Durga, the presiding deity at the Deori temple in Tamar. He had already done a few deals. Though first Gameplan and later Mindscapes Maestros managed Dhoni, Pandey was never far from him or his deals. Mahi told everyone they had to come through Pandeyji. And I saw that one deal could yield so much - Rs 50 lakh to Rs 60 lakh. So I began to work hard and did four deals for Mahi.
And that figure of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 60 lakh was not going to be enough to afford the man who got India its first world title after the fairy tale of That Dhoni suffered some setbacks - a loss involving a fashion deal whose details are hazy, charges of forgery against a close associate - only hastened the process.
The inevitable happened in and Dhoni signed on with Rhiti for a minimum guarantee of Rs crore over three years.
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Officially, Dhoni had now overtaken Tendulkar, who held the previous record of Rs crore over three years under a deal with Iconix in Dhoni and Rhiti wouldn't stop at just the fee record.
Together they started to change the way sportspersons were managed. Some of this was done on the field. As Dhoni became vice captain, his fee rose to Rs 1. And after the World Cup win, says Pandey, endorsements, despite clients' willingness to cough up Rs 10 crore, became a small deal.
The big deals now are all longterm affairs. At least five deals have been signed in which Rhiti or Dhoni or both - the details are not available - got sizeable equity. But it is not just about the money. The idea is to ensure that brand Dhoni lives beyond his playing days and conquers the demon every sportsperson faces: If you have a turnover of Rs crore, you can't match the likes of Pepsi, Airtel, or Aircel. But we will [strike a] deal [with you]," says Pandey.
If your money falls short, you can have a still photograph and use it in your advertising. There will be no shooting dates. Others can pay in shares, or can form joint ventures. Those interested can also get equity in a special purpose vehicle. As Dhoni and Rhiti have grown closer, their relationship has gone way beyond the client-firm boundaries.
And he did a remarkable job. Is it wrong to say that India were a little bit unsettled in not finding their best team? We encouraged players not to read newspapers or watch television. Because you can get confused with millions of opinions, and we were really clear about what we wanted to do. We had some interesting selection meetings.
It was one of the tournaments where we were not sure about which route to go, especially with the bowling attack: Should we go three or two seamers? Which seamers should it be? We really based it on the team we were playing against and the conditions we felt we were confronted with. Were you in a spot with the R Ashwin situation, where he had two good matches and then you decided to bench him in the final two matches? Again, we were making decisions based on the opponents and the wickets.
We felt that the subcontinental teams were much better players of spins and it was a risk picking only two seamers. Did you ask the batsmen to, say, cut out particular shots - as there were a few guys playing their first World Cup? These guys are in this team because they can play with great flair and great ability within the boundaries of what we wanted to achieve as a team. How we set up games was spoken about on a daily basis. The guys needed to fit into that programme. If we felt that one decent partnership was required, then there was a responsibility that the player took on to make sure that if he was in the partnership, he would make it count.
I actually felt we had a great batting World Cup because whenever we got into trouble we got ourselves out of it. We always use the over mark as our foundation for what we can do in terms of getting a big score, and we felt that if we were over runs and not more than three wickets down, we could really accelerate after the over mark.
Virtually every game we got ourselves into a strong position at the over mark, specially the ones we were batting first in. That was the beauty about it: Even though there were times we did not fire at the latter stages of the 50 overs, what we had done until then was remarkable. That really was our strength. There were periods of time when we lost wickets, but because we had set it up so well, we were still getting good scores. In the end the bowlers had a big impact on the result against Australia and then Pakistan.
I wouldn't say just the bowlers won us those matches. Everyone wins you games. Certainly it was a remarkable performance against Pakistanwhere they bowled exceptionally well as an unit. It was brilliant, really, for me to see both Munaf [Patel] and Ashish [Nehra] take on the responsibility. Ashish finishing with 2 for 33 from his 10 overs, in today's cricket, on a flat wicket, after all the criticism, was amazing. We always believed in our players, always supported them, which made the selections difficult.
We were looking at what they had done for us over a period of time and knew that we could back them and believe in every one of them. Were you surprised by the ease with which the team went on after the Australia game?
Because we had pretty much everything. We had good spinners, we had a great top seven, and our seam attack was led by Zaheer Khan, who had a brilliant World Cup.
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We were doing enough stuff with our seam bowlers as well to make sure that we could restrict teams. Can you tell us about a surprising moment, where you stood up and said, "That's not what I had planned, but it came out well"?
I would say that our fielding against Australia was really surprising. We said to the guys in the team meeting afterwards that that was the best fielding performance I had seen in the three years I had been with them. The ground fielding blew me away. I had never seen us field like that, and we took it through all three games after that. Man for man, the side was perhaps better.
But the sum of this side has been consistently better than at any other time in the history of Indian cricket. Do you think there's anything different with this team? It is always dangerous to make assumptions on paper. The greatest asset of this team - who I believe are under the best captain in the world at the moment, MS Dhoni - is that they are a sum of parts. There are great individual players, but they are playing for a bigger cause.
We often made the point in our team meetings that we wanted to spread the responsibility of this tournament. We wanted everyone, no matter how small your contribution is, to be significant. A great fielding performance in the 50 overs. Thirty-five runs that really took the game away from the opposition.
Three overs of great bowling that turned it around. Those were the key moments for us. We wanted everyone to feel that they were making contribution even though the statistics might say they weren't making a big contribution. That was crucial for us. The one thing that stands out in all three knockout games is that there was a spread of contributions and a spread of responsibility.
It wasn't one superstar. Everyone did their bit. That was very exciting for me. That typified what we tried to do with this team. Tell us more about Dhoni. Is he always calm or does he ever lose it? In the dressing room even? Does he always keep his emotions under control or is it only on the field? As I said, I think he is the best captain in world cricket today.
What makes him the best captain? He leads by example. He never loses his temper. He is a great strategist. He has got fantastic ideas on the field. And he canvasses opinions and then he makes his own assessments. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him. I think he takes that responsibility full-on on the field. We really combine well in terms of our dual responsibilities as leaders of the team. How do you train a team to peak? We didn't specifically go out there and say, "We are going to play average this game.
What changes is your mental processes. And then we knew that when we played those knockouts we would have to step it up and go in full gear. It was subconscious; it wasn't planned.
Was there any point in the England game that you took it easy and then it suddenly got tough? Again, we probably learnt a lot out of that game. We learnt that we can't take anything for granted, even if we get a great score.
And I think the one positive that came out from that England game is how we came back. For me that has been one great characteristic of the Test team and the one-day team. To come back from difficult situations. This team never gives up anymore. It wasn't just one superstar. Everyone did their bit" We just believe that we can do anything. It stems from Harbhajan Singh scoring hundreds.
It stems from Gautam Gambhir batting out a day against South Africa in really tough conditions at Newlands. And then all the one-day efforts from difficult situations. Yusuf Pathan getting a brilliant hundred against New Zealand [last December] when we were in trouble. You could probably name six or seven games in this World cup when we got ourselves into trouble and got out of it. This team has got a remarkable ability to come back from the dead.
For me that speaks about the team, it speaks about what we want to achieve as a team. This team was desperate to achieve greatness. Can you tell us about what the players came up to you and said to thank you? It's not necessary to delve into comments. It was just an absolutely amazing week. Because every game we played could have been my last game with the team, and it was just amazing how it unfolded.
As the tournament progressed in those knockout stages, I just felt a sense of destiny there. I felt we were going to do this thing. To the point that, the day before the final we knew were going to win. It's how we prepare to deal with the success, because we are going to win. Mike spoke about it: There was never any doubt at that stage. When it happened, nothing excited me more than how the captain closed out the game the way he did, and the batitng effort he put in. I knew he was going to score runs in the final.
Moving himself up the order - was it not a huge decision for Dhoni to take personally. If it went wrong, he would have been hammered by the media? The media at one stage said he should bat up the order. Then they say he should bat down the order. That's the thing, you see. When you are not influenced by that, you just make clear decisions. You back the process. You are the third foreign coach India has had.
There has been respect for the previous ones, but perhaps there hasn't been such genuine affection. The players have spoken about you at every press conference for almost two years, thanking you every time. I am humbled by that. It has been a remarkable journey, an emotional journey.
I did not want the spotlight. I never liked it. The only reason why I am giving interviews now is, I feel a sense of responsibility to do so at the end of my time. I believe the game is about the players, the people that walk the field and make the plays. I believe that these players have shown an enormous amount of courage, with the weight of expectation on them, as young people. The way they have managed that is an absolute credit to India.
They are the pride and joy of India, and deserve every little accolade they get, because the pressure is unbearable. And no one understands that.