The young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant has always spoken highly of MS Dhoni, the former Indian National Cricket team skipper. Pant has often tried to pick Dhoni’s brain and recently he imitated Dhoni’s famous helicopter shot during the match four of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians.
Meanwhile, Pant who is aiming to strengthen World Cup dreams got a good start to this years’ IPL. He finished as the second highest run-scorer in IPL 2018 and picked exactly from where he left. He took on the bowlers as he cleaned the ropes and pierced the gaps with ease. During his scintillating knock, Rishabh Pant played a couple of helicopter shots, a trademark of MS Dhoni. While the young southpaw is far from picking MS Dhoni’s wicket-keeping abilities, he is certainly matching up to his ability to clear the boundaries with ease.
The Delhi lad dispatched Bumrah from a yorker delivery playing a trademark helicopter shot. It was very full and was on the stumps, Rishabh Pant goes deep in the crease and unleashes the half-helicopter shot over deep square leg for a maximum.
Watch Rishabh Pant’s helicopter shot here:
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals, who made an array of change to turn their fortunes in the league didn’t have a good start to the opener. They lost Prvithi Shaw in the second over of Mitchell McClenaghan. Shaw edged one to wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock scoring only seven runs including one boundary. While Shikhar Dhawan played a waiting game, skipper Shreyas Iyer decided to take things on.
Iyer smacked two fours and one six before McClenaghan made him his second victim. Striving at 29 for two, Shikhar Dhawan and Colin Ingram bailed their side out of danger. They added 83 runs for the third wicket but both the set batsmen got out quickly as Mumbai dented back in the tie.
But Rishabh Pant’s blistering hitting took Delhi Capitals to a good score. He remained unbeaten on 78 runs from just 27 balls including seven fours and sixes each to help his side post 213 runs at the end of 20 overs.