IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya seems to have aced the helicopter shot. The helicopter shot is nothing you will come across in a cricketing manual, it is a unique shot played by MS Dhoni. Dhoni was the first cricketer to play that shot, but now it has become a part and parcel of the game as you see so many cricketers around the world play that shot. Hardik Pandya played a helicopter shot in the match against Delhi Capitals of Kagiso Rabada during his 15-ball 32. Hardik Pandya also revealed what Dhoni said to him after watching him play that shot. In a post shared by Mumbai Indians, it reads, “I went to MS Dhoni’s room and asked him if he liked my version of the helicopter shot. He said it was good.”
Rishabh Pant had started Delhi Capitals’ journey in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League by smashing Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah all over the park in their opening encounter in Mumbai. But Bumrah got his revenge at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Thursday as he sent Pant’s off-stump for a walk in the park. With that ended DC’s hope as they finished on 128/9, losing the game by 40 runs.
Chasing 169, DC made a mess of the target after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for 35 in the 7th over of the innings by Rahul Chahar. After a quality start of 48/0 in the first six overs, Dhawan’s wicket opened the floodgates as Chahar kept picking wickets and finished with figures of 3/19 from his four overs.
While Chahar sent back Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw (20) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (3), Krunal Pandya sent back the dangerous Colin Munro (3) as Delhi were never really in the chase on a low and slow Kotla wicket.