Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The upcoming edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is still months away. However, the mega event has picked up steam thanks to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni.

Dhoni has already started training in the nets with yellow pads and bat. However, for the first time, Dhoni’s bat made more news than himself. Last week, a picture of Dhoni training with a new ‘Prime Sports’ sticker was all the rage in internet. It was a tribute from Dhoni to his childhood friend Paramjit Singh, who owns a sports company of that name.

However, former Australian aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist’s reaction to the whole development was surprising. The legendary Australia wicketkeeper, while doing commentary during the second T20I between Australia and West Indies, referred to Prime Sports as ‘just a local store’. 

The discussion about Dhoni began when Michael Hussey mentioned the launch of IPL 2024.

“Got to reach India 10 days before the tournament starts. March, maybe 11th of March we are heading off. Looking forward to it. Great tournament, really is. Best players from all around the world. Best Indian players playing… it’s incredible. The crowds are unbelievable, the noise they make. The atmosphere in the ground. And MS Dhoni is back. He’s hitting balls in the nets already I reckon,” said Hussey.

In response, Gilchrist said, “I saw him hitting some balls in the nets, MS Dhoni. There’s a new bat sticker on his bat. Just a local sports store of one of his schoolmate. Whack the company name on your bat just to give a boost to sales.”

Well, Gilchrist’s comment on Dhoni has gone viral over various social media platforms. Several fans have flooded the comment box with amazing comments.

“During the initial stage of msd he had once mentioned in a interview that he is huge fan of Gilchrist that he admire him a lot and now his icon is speaking about his greatness,” wrote a fan on social media account X (earlier known as Twitter).

“Dhoni is Immortal, He is Demi God,” tweeted another fan.

In response to the video clip, a third user commented, “Dhoni is Goat.”