MS Dhoni is famously known as 'Thala' which means a leader in Tamil. His fans in Chennai have made this name popular all across India and usually, the admirers use Thala for the two time World Cup-winning captain.
The first celebrity to be famously known as Thala was South Indian actor Ajith Kumar. He got the title way back in 2001 for his blockbuster hit flick Dheena. The 47-year-old also has a good fan base in Tamil Nadu.
While fans love to use Thala for both the big names, S Sreesanth, the former India cricketer believes there is only one Thala and that is actor Ajith.
"I always believe there is only one Thala. Not just in Chennai, but all over the world, there is only one Thala. I'm a huge fan of that Thala. I saw a lot of posters that said Dhoni is our Thala and similar things. But come on, everyone knows that there is only one Thala and it is our favorite Ajith Annan," Behindwoods quotes him as saying in a video.
But the Kerala pacer does have respect for Dhoni. "Rest of them are at a bit lower level. We all respect Dhoni as the captain cool. I am honored to have played under him," he added.
Sreesanth has been part of a dance reality show on television. He worled in the Hindi film, Aksar 2. He has also acted in a Malayalam film, Team 5.
The cricketer was banned for life by BCCI after he was found guilty of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League 2013. However, they were exonerated in July 2015 by Patiala House Court. He challenged the ban, and it was later lifted by a single judge bench of Kerala High Court. Though it was again restored by a division bench of Kerala HC.