Rajasthan Royals, earlier today, pay tribute to MS Dhoni by sharing a video of their captain Steve Smith nailing a helicopter shot in the net practice. In the caption, they wrote “gotta love a captain who plays the helicopter shot”.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) September 24, 2020
That caption put a smile on the faces of the CSK fans as well because they knew the Royals were talking about another captain in the league who is famous for his helicopter shots and it’s none other than the CSK skipper MS Dhoni.
Dhoni was not the inventor of the helicopter shot, but he was the first player who used it in international cricket. By Dhoni’s own admission, it was one of his childhood friends Santosh who taught him this shot while both of them were playing tennis ball cricket.
Helicopter shot, which was a very unorthodox shot at the time when it came onto the scene and hardly any conventional player used to play it, has now become a mainstream shot and the kids actually practice it with their coaches.
With their expertise in playing the helicopter shots, the batsmen can nullify the effects of the yorker which is the most potent weapon of the fast bowlers in the death overs.
While the Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith is one of the players who use the helicopter shot quite often, another player who plays this shot frequently at the international level is none other than the Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya who made his international debut under Dhoni.
Dhoni, who has recently retired from international cricket, is captaining CSK in the ongoing IPL, but he struggled a little bit in his first proper outing with the bat in the tournament while pursuing a huge target set by Rajasthan Royals. The wicket-keeper batsman had to take a lot of flak because of that.
CSK will be up against Delhi Capitals in their third game tomorrow night at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.