Tainted former captain of Australia Steve Smith recently pulled off a helicopter shot which was invented by former India captain MS Dhoni in a local T20 match in Australia. He scored a quickfire 40 off 21 balls in the NSW T20 Premier Cricket tournament match. The shot is a signature shot of MS Dhoni which is now being emulated by other cricketers around the world. Some succeed but no one plays it with more authority than MS Dhoni.
Here is Steve Smith’s attempt at playing the helicopter shot.
Meanwhile, Smith and Warner are serving a 12-month ban after they were caught in the middle of a ball-tampering saga that rocked the cricketing world. It was with their advise that Cameron Bancroft used a sandpaper to tamper the ball during a Test against South Africa. Yet, the two banned cricketers have been plying their trade in domestic leagues, they recently took part in the Canada Global T20 League.
Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team will travel to Australia for a full-fledged tour starting November 21. India will play three T20I, three ODIs and four Test matches against the Aussies to test their strengths ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England.
“Hardik Pandya has not yet recovered and will at least sit out till November 15,” India chief selector MSK Prasad said on Friday (October 26). “It’s very difficult to match Hardik’s all-round ability. At least we don’t see that kind of ability now in India. That’s why no other alternatives were discussed. And we expect Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar] to come good; we know he can bat.”
Squad for the 4-Test series vs Australia: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar