Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth is not only one of the biggest names in badminton, but also one of the biggest fans of Team India's former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The ace shuttler was presented with a signed bat by the Chennai Super Kings skipper and left the shuttler in awe.
However, the ace shuttler received the signed bat via the courtesy of BCCI selection committee chairman MSK Prasad.
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Srikanth, who was briefly World No. 1 recently but is currently ranked No. 4, had asked Prasad for a gift from Dhoni. Srikanth's father KVS Krishna had introduced Prasad to wicket-keeping.
"I would like to inform you that Kidambi Srikanth is the son of my childhood ideal from Guntur who introduced me to cricket, i.e. Kittu uncle.
"Srikanth is a big fan of MS Dhoni. One fine day he has asked me a gift from MS Dhoni. I told if he can reach the top level in badminton, then he will get his gift," Prasad said after handing over the bat to Srikkanth at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad on Saturday.
The shuttler took to twitter to thank Dhoni for the gift with the caption,' Thank you @msdhoni for the wonderful gift and can’t tell how happy I am. This just made my day.'
Prasad said when he told Dhoni about Srikkanth's desire, the former captain was more than happy to oblige.
"I have spoken about Srikanth's wish to MSD. He was more than happy to hear this and he told me he himself is a badminton player and follows Indian badminton very closely. MSD has sent personally signed autographed bat to my house as a gift to Srikanth," he said.
Twitter was eventually left in awe of Dhoni's gift to one of his fans.
Congratulations 🤗🍫🍰🍭🍧👈🤗— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@iMsDhoni_7) May 20, 2018
What a treat from a Willow man to the flying Indian... Awesome.— (@Balaji6461) May 20, 2018
It's not a bat it's a helicopter— Deep (@sportymanches) May 20, 2018
Superb dooper happiness brother...i wish to have something like this...😍#Goals— Monica Sherma (@monica_sherma) May 20, 2018