IPL 2019: With the upcoming season of IPL around the corner, cricketers are looking to add new weapons in their arsenal. Mumbai Indians cricketer Hardik Pandya was spotted trying to emulate former India skipper MS Dhoni’s signature ‘helicopter’ shot. The Indian allrounder tried it during the Mumbai Indians net session and seemed to have timed the ball perfectly. The helicopter shot is an effective way of countering the yorker, which is a ball often used by bowlers in the short format. It is heartwarming for fans to also see Hardik Pandya resume training after a lower back injury ruled him out of the recently concluded five-match ODI series.
Here is the Hardik’s helicopter shot:
It would be interesting to see if Hardik can pull off a helicopter shot during an IPL match. In the last edition of IPL, Pandya picked 18 wickets in 13 games and amassed 260 runs with the bat at an average of 28.88. After missing out on the ODI series, Hardik would like to put in a good show in the upcoming IPL season to seal himself a World Cup spot in the Virat Kohli-led side.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians would be hoping for an improved show in the upcoming season of IPL. With the addition of veteran Yuvraj Singh to the franchise, the MI will pose a bigger threat this year. Here is what the squad looks like.
Retained: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff
Released: Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, JP Duminy, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, Akila Dananjaya
Traded: Quinton de Kock from RCB
Lasith Malinga – Rs 2 crore
Anmolpreet Singh – Rs 80 lakh
Barinder Sran – Rs 3.40 crore
Pankaj Jaiswal – Rs 20 lakh
Rasikh Salam – Rs 20 lakh
Yuvraj Singh – Rs 1 crore