The camaraderie between MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli, three leading Indian cricketers of the present era, extends beyond the cricket field. This was evident in a recent shoot for a mobile phone commercial, in which the Dhoni and Kohli troll the Indian off-spinner with light-hearted jibes.
The video, which is that of a yet-to-be-released mobile phone commercial, shows Dhoni and Ashwin in their Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) kits, with Kohli in the new Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) jersey. Ashwin is seen criticising the picture quality of a phone, to which Dhoni replies by sarcastically praising his Hindi-speaking skills.
In another video, Ashwin appears awestruck after being offered a brand new phone, to which Dhoni reacts hilariously by saying," Bhool gaya dialogue" (forgot your dialogue).
Both Dhoni and Ashwin, who have played for two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since the inception of the tournament, have been drafted to RPS following the suspension of Chennai and Rajasthan Royals (RR) due to allegations of corruption.
RPS began their campaign in this tournament with a comfortable win over defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI), whom they defeated by a nine-wicket margin. However, they faltered in their next two games, losing to fellow debutant Gujarat Lions as well as the struggling Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by seven and six wickets respectively.
Kohli, on the other hand, is enjoying a fantastic run of form which stretches back to the tour of Australia, and had won the 'Player of the Tournament' award in the recent ICC World T20. He has hit half-centuries for RCB in both their games in the ninth edition of the tournament so far.