IPL 2019: MS Dhoni's reaction to Hardik Pandya's helicopter shot
Hardik's knock changed the complexion of the game completely.
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Everything was going fine for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the first innings before Hardik Pandya arrived. The all-rounder smacked a quick-fire 25 off just eight balls as the home team added 45 runs in the last two overs as Mumbai posted 170 runs from nowhere. The score was enough in the end as the CSK lost the game by 37 runs.
However, more than that, Pandya’s helicopter shot in the final over of the innings was the talk of the town. MS Dhoni has invented the shot and many players across the globe give it a try only to miss out on the perfect execution like the veteran. But Hardik Pandya was spot on while playing the shot. Dwayne Bravo, known for his variations at the death, bowled a yorker at the stumps.
But the batsman was deep in his crease and easily managed to get under the ball. He used his wrists to dispatch the ball over deep mid-wicket for a huge six. It was a perfect execution of the helicopter shot after watching which even MS Dhoni was surprised, rather stunned. His reaction was worried but somewhere he would’ve been impressed as well with the way Hardik had managed to smack it.
Here’s the video:
Special to hit helicopter shot with @msdhoni watching: Hardik
"Hoped MS would congratulate me after that shot 😜"
An overjoyed @hardikpandya7 talks about emulating inspiration MSD's pet stroke against CSK. Interview by @Moulinparikh #MIvCSK @mipaltan
📹 https://t.co/jLLWXuZRYe pic.twitter.com/aci6s6cPBF
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 4, 2019
Hardik speaks about the shot
Hardik Pandya, before the start of the tournament, was seen practising the same shot in the nets. He himself had posted the video of the same and it seemed that he managed that in the Wednesday’s game in front of his idol itself. Speaking about that moment, he mentioned cheekily that he was hoping for the CSK skipper to come and congratulate him.
“Special to hit helicopter shot with MS Dhoni watching. Hoped MS would congratulate me after that shot,” he said to iplt20.com after the match. The crucial runs added in the last two overs changed the game completely in Mumbai’s favour and fittingly Hardik was named Man of the Match for his all-round heroics.