At the fag end of his career, former India captain MS Dhoni may have lost his Midas touch with the bat and looked like a spent force in white ball cricket but his signature ‘Helicopter shot’ is still a hit among the fans and critics worldwide. After Dhoni invented the unique-looking shot, many cricketers around the globe tried to emulate the ‘helicopter swing’ with the blade. Recently, former Indian opener and cricket analyst Aakash Chopra tried to copy the ‘helicopter shot’ in the nets and aced it beautifully.
In the first two attempts, Aakash used his perfect body balance and timing to connect the ball from the middle of the bat. The 41-year old sends the ball flying over long-on with a perfect hit. However, he failed in the final and third hit as the cricketer ended up edging the ball behind the stumps.
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Earlier, Aakash also reacted to the news of Dhoni’s absence from India’s T20I team for the upcoming series against Australia. The former cricketer feels that the time for Dhoni is over and he might not play T20I format again. “Even the Indian T20I team for #AusvInd announced. 17 members. Big NEWS is that Dhoni is NOT in that team too. Might not see Dhoni in India colours for the T20 format again… #AusvInd,” he wrote on Twitter.
A legend in domestic cricket, Aakash has represented India in the longest format of the game in 10 Tests. He also featured in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) for popular franchise – Kolkata Knight Riders.
Tainted former Australia captain Steve Smith recently pulled off a helicopter shot in a local T20 match in Australia. He scored a quickfire 40 off 21 balls in the NSW T20 Premier Cricket tournament match.
Meanwhile, Smith and Warner are currently serving a 12-month ban after they were caught in the middle of a ball-tampering scandal that rocked the cricketing world. The experienced duo advised Cameron Bancroft used a sandpaper to tamper the ball during a Test against South Africa in Cape Town.