When we talk about 'Helicopter shot' there is only one name that comes to our mind, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Over the years, numerous cricketers have tried to imitate the hard-hitting batsman's trademark shot and the latest to join that list are Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Dean Jones and Brett Lee.
As we saw in MS Dhoni's biopic released last year, the Jharkhand boy had to adapt to an unconventional shot to pick up full-length deliveries in a flash. Never in his wildest dreams did Dhoni think that it would become the nation's rage and will even inspire the likes of Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman. Both the former cricketing greats were seen trying to emulate Dhoni's signature 'helicopter shot' prior to the game in Ranchi, where India took on Australia.
With Dhoni's hometown hosting the first T20I, the commentator panel decided to recreate his trademark strike. The former Indian skipper has successfully used it over the years numerous times at the back end of the innings to finish things off, whenever the bowlers have attempted to get the ball right into the blockhole.
Dean Jones and Brett Lee also participated with the Indian duo in this challenge but were hardly able to perfect it. Among them, Sehwag came first and did well to send the ball flying towards the wide long-on fence, but in his own style. Jones and Lee were decent but it was Laxman, who drew the loudest cheers as he ended up playing one of his beautiful flicks which
The amusement ended on a good note too as India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series as they comfortably won by 9 wickets in the rain-curtailed Ranchi encounter. They will play the second T20I in Guwahati on Tuesday.
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