Mahendra Singh Dhoni could join the league of Caribbean hitters Chris Gayle and Andre Russel, as Spartan Sports, a sporting gear and equipment company want him to use coloured bat in the next IPL season.
Chris Gayle and Andre Russell have used coloured bats in the Big Bash League (BBL). Indian ODI skipper is the brand ambassador of Spartan Sports in India and currently plays for the Rising Pune Supergiants team in IPL.
“Dhoni is more than welcome to use a coloured bat (in IPL). He is such an amazing role model, influential cricketer and kids look up to him,” Cameron Merchant, the cricket manager at the Spartan Sports, said.
Dhoni had signed a big bat endorsement deal with Spartan in 2013. The sports equipment-maker had also signed former Australian captain Michael Clarke and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, West Indians Gayle and Russell, England’s Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan, former West Indies great Vivian Richards and Sri Lanka’s woman cricketer Sripali Weerakkody
Andre Russell was recently banned for using black bat in BBL because it was discovered that the bat left visible marks on the ball.