MS Dhoni was recently named as the most valued Indian athlete of 2016 to Forbes Fab 40    Getty Images
MS Dhoni was recently named as the most valued Indian athlete of 2016 to Forbes Fab 40 Getty Images

New Delhi: India limited overs cricket captain MS Dhoni said that Olympic medals will remain elusive for the the country until the couch loving youth turn to outdoor sport. “We have to throw the kids out of the house to play sport. It will not only help them stay active but also help them in their academics,” said Dhoni at the announcement of the a tie up between Seven, a lifestyle brand named after him, and Jabong. “We often say we don’t win medals at Olympics. But we don’t realise how many of our youth is playing outdoor sport. A lot of the kids are hooked to electronic gadgets. So my suggestion to all the parents is throw your children out of the house. Let them play in the heat. Let them find their own way,” he said. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot

Dhoni flew in here from Spain, where he was part of another promotional event. The 35-year-old, who now only plays ODIs and T20s, has a long break from international cricket with India hosting England for a five-match Test series till December 20. Recently, Dhoni was named as the most valued Indian athlete in 2016 according to Forbes Fab 40 list. ALSO READ: Garry Kirsten heaps praises on MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble

There has been a considerable drop in his brand value as compared to 2015, yet the Indian limited overs skipper manages to be on the top of the list. The list has revealed that Dhoni s brand value was reduced from $21 million in 2015 to $11 million this year resulting in him slipping from the fifth position to tenth during the same period. Irrespective of this, he still remains the only Indian among the top 10 athletes globally.

This year list saw Golfing legend Tiger Woods being toppled by Ace Tennis player Roger Federer who s brand value is estimated to be around $36 million. Before the limited overs series against England begins on January 15, Dhoni will be seen in action during domestic ODI tournament.