Earlier it was learnt that Spartan owed Dhoni more than INR 20 Crore    Getty Images
Earlier it was learnt that Spartan owed Dhoni more than INR 20 Crore Getty Images

Australia-based Spartan company which had been accused of duping India’s ODI and T20 captain MS Dhoni for a sum of over INR 20 crore says there is no such dispute and their relations with Dhoni and Rhiti Sports are fine. In a statement, the sports gear and equipment company said, “Spartan refutes the claims that they are in dispute with MS Dhoni and Rhiti Sports. As a matter of fact, the recent press reports have made Kunal Sharma, managing director at Spartan, and Arun Pandey, managing director at Rhiti Sports, meet in India.” A week ago Pandey had said, “everything is not smooth and hopefully the matter will be resolved soon”. READ: MS Dhoni duped by Spartan Sports for over Rs 20 crore !

Earlier, it was learnt that a three-year bat and sponsorship deal worth Rs 13 crore had gone sour and that Spartan owed Dhoni more than INR 20 Crore. Although, now Spartan says those reports were an attempt to disrupt the relationship between Dhoni and Rhiti Sports. They also have a few initiatives underway with Dhoni.

Besides Dhoni, the Australian company interestingly has big names of the cricketing world as its ambassadors former Australian captain Michael Clarke, West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, England cricketer Eoin Morgan, former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson and Sir Viv Richards to name a few. Some other Australian cricketers associated with the brand are Joe Burns and Gurinder Sandhu.

Though Test captain Virat Kohli is the most sought after cricketer in the endorsement market, Dhoni remains in demand with his brand value worth over Rs 100 crore. Dhoni currently endorses 15 brands besides co-ownership in ISL football franchise Chennaiyin FC and Hockey India League team Ranchi Rays.