MS Dhoni's Closest friend and inventor of 'Helicopter shot' Jharkhand Crickter Santosh Lal passes away
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s favorite & close friend also former teammate Jharkhand cricketer Santosh Lal, who taught him the famous ‘Helicopter shot’, passed away on Wednesday after battling pancreatitis. He was admitted to a hospital in Ranchi on July 12, after complaining unbearable pain in his stomach. He was then detected with with acute pancreatitis. Dr Rachit Bhushan of Ranchi’s Hospital accompanied Santosh Lal in an air ambulance to Delhi. Santosh Lal was in critical condition and had been put on ventilator. Lal’s body has been taken to Lady Hardinge hospital for autopsy and will then be flown back to Ranchi. Mr. Lal, who played Ranji Trophy matches with Dhoni was airlifted to the capital for treatment.MS was providing all possible help to his friend. Dhoni was in touch with his family and extended full support in making all necessary arrangements for the treatment. Dhoni had offered solace to Santosh Lal’s family and had also promised them that he would ensure that Lal would be treated very well. Dhoni, who is out on a tour of the US, reportedly credited his helicopter shot to Lal, who used to execute the stroke in Ranji Trophy matches with style. Lal was working with the Railways. Jharkhand State Cricket Association secretary Rajesh Verma said the JSCA has donated Rs.one lakh to Lal for his treatment and Rs.39,500 was collected among the association members and handed over to his family. Dhoni’s coach Manik Ghosh and other teammates condoled the passing away of Santosh Lal. Dhoni was in New York, when he came to know about his friend’s illness. He rang up his brother-in-law Gautam and handle the entire treatment for his friend, said Moon and Rishabh, two of Dhoni’s old friends. Dhoni normally never discloses whenever he helps somebody. He always tries to keep it secret, says Manik Ghosh, who coached Dhoni for some time.
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