Rajkot, April 14: Ahead of tonight's (April 14) Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match between Gujarat Lions (GL) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), Mahendra Singh Dhoni's fans came out in numbers on social media to support their favourite cricketer.
Ahead of this season's IPL, Pune franchise removed Dhoni as the captain and installed Australian Steve Smith at the helm. This did not go done well with Dhoni's supporters.
To add fuel to the debate, Pune team's owner insulted Dhoni on the micro-blogging website Twitter. (Goenka 'disrespects' Dhoni)
Now, Dhoni's supporters came out on Friday (April 14) to send a strong message to the Pune franchise owners and those who were doubting the former Indian captain's ability as a player.
On Twitter, fans were trending the hashtag "#WeStandByDhoni". This hashtag was at 4th place in trending topics on Twitter at the time of writing this article.
Fans were writing achievements of Dhoni on Twitter and directly attacked those who were criticising him.
Dhoni is the most successful skipper in the history of IPL. He was the captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) but since the team's suspension for 2 years, he was picked by Pune side last year. CSK are set to return to the cash-rich Twenty20 competition next year.
Here are some of the tweets in support of Dhoni
Some people don't value u because they know u are priceless 😇#westandbydhoni— Msdhoniunited (@BuchShreeja) April 14, 2017
#westandbydhoni..Dhoni will show his class today...RPS vs GL..Be ready msdians..— Msdiankajal (@kajalsingh37) April 14, 2017
What dhoni bhai did for indian team n dreams of all indians .. nobody can do it ever ... #westandbydhoni— Preet (@Preet25571879) April 14, 2017