Hardik Pandya reveals MS Dhoni’s reaction to his helicopter shot
Hardik has been playing the helicopter shot quite frequently in the ongoing IPL.
Updated - Apr 19, 2019 2:18 pm
Hardik Pandya is making it a habit of playing the Helicopter shot which is the trademark shot of none other than former India skipper MS Dhoni. In the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), the allrounder has played that shot on a consistent basis. In fact, a couple of weeks ago Pandya played the helicopter shot right in front Dhoni when Mumbai Indians hosted Chennai Super Kings. In the final over of Mumbai’s innings, Pandya had smashed Dwayne Bravo for two sixes with the first being a helicopter shot.
He was at it again on Thursday when Mumbai were taking on Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The all-rounder was up against Kagiso Rabada, one of the best pacers in the world at the moment. On the second ball of that over, Rabada bowled a full-length delivery to Pandya and for a fraction of a second, it looked like the Mumbai star would find it impossible to hit a boundary.
However, he left everyone shellshocked by executing the helicopter shot to perfection. Such was the beauty of the shot that it would have even impressed Dhoni. And it looks like Pandya’s helicopter shots have impressed Dhoni. The cricketer himself revealed that he asked the veteran about his take on his shots and the inventor of that shot said they were good.
“I went to MS Dhoni’s room and asked him if he liked my version of the helicopter shot. He said it was good,” Pandya was quoted as saying in a tweet posted by Mumbai Indians.
.@hardikpandya7: I went to MS Dhoni's room and asked him if he liked my version of the helicopter shot. He said it was good.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 18, 2019
Pandya stars with the bat
Hardik, meanwhile, starred with the bat as MI thrashed Delhi Capitals by 40 runs to return to winning ways. He slammed 32 from just 15 to help Mumbai post 168. In reply, Delhi could only post 128 for 9. Speaking at the end of the match while receiving the Man of the Match award, Pandya said he too is surprised with the way he is hitting the ball at the moment.
“Even I was telling myself that I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball better. I have been working hard in the nets and it has been coming off well for me,” he said.