IPL 2019: MS Dhoni Liked My Version of Helicopter Shot Says Hardik Pandya After Match Winning Knock Against Delhi Capitals
One of the finest all-rounders of the modern generation, Hardik Pandya emulated his former India skipper MS Dhoni as he smashed a sensational helicopter shot of Kagiso Rabada during Mumbai Indians 2nd leg match against the Delhi Capitals. Courtesy all-round brilliance from the Pandya brothers, MI registered a convincing 40 runs victory to go to the 2nd position in the points table.
Hardik Pandya who has looked in ominous touch in the tournament so far has already scored 218 runs at a staggering average of 194.64 in 9 matches. He has played the helicopter shot a few times in the tournament. Yesterday he used the shot to good effect in the last over when he smashed Kagiso Rabada down the ground for a huge six.
Hardik Pandya smashed a quickfire 32 from 15 deliveries, an innings which was studded with 2 fours and 3 sixes. It was his partnership with Krunal Pandya which got Mumbai Indians to a score of 168 in their allotted 20 overs. The three big sixes also include the helicopter shot which was liked by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
It was during the 2nd ball of the 20th over when Hardik smashed Kagiso Rabada straight down the ground as the ball went over the ropes between the long on and the deep mid wicket position. Hardik said that he never thought that he would play a helicopter shot in a match. He further added that he has been practising the shot in the nets. Hardik even played a helicopter shot during the match against the Chennai Super Kings.
“I never thought I would play the helicopter shot in a game. I’ve been practising that in the nets. I went to Dhoni’s room and asked him if he liked my version of the helicopter shot. He said it was good,” said Pandya.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, Hardik Pandya revealed that he doesn’t think he has ever hit the ball better. Hardik just wants to keep his basics right.
“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.
“I like to keep the basics straight, even in the death if you keep your shape and hope for bowlers to miss, you can hit hard.
“I am using my brain well, reading the wicket well in this season. I have five more games to go and then the play-offs, and I hope to keep going like this through the season.”
Hardik Pandya will be one of the most important players for the Mumbai Indians for the rest of the tournament and also an X factor for India in the upcoming World Cup. His all-round abilities have provided the much-needed balance to any side he has been part. Given his exceptional form in the recent past, Hardik Pandya might be the player who could make the difference for India.
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