Helicopter shot

In cricket, the helicopter shot is the act of hitting the ball by means of a wristy flick, using the bottom-hand as the dominant force. The shot gets its name from the flourish completing the stroke, with the bat being circled overhead. It has been considered an unconventional and innovative stroke which, when executed effectively, can be used to score boundaries, even against good yorkers or fuller-length deliveries,[1] which have traditionally been used by faster bowlers towards the end of limited-overs matches because it is difficult to hit such balls to the boundary.[2]

Mohammad Azharuddin played a shot similar to the helicopter shot against the South African team in 1990 at Eden Gardens.[3] Sachin Tendulkar, Aravinda Silva, Kevin Pietersen, Chamara Silva, Abdul Razzaq are some of those players who played similar shots, although, they all just played on the merit of the ball and not as a particular shot and that too only once or twice.[4] The shot got its name and fame through M. S. Dhoni,[5] who played on a regular basis as a way to score boundaries against full and yorker length deliveries. It was a fellow player Santosh Lal, a childhood friend of Dhoni, who taught him how to play the shot.[6]

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  1. ^ "Top 5 Innovative Shots In The Game Of Cricket". Cricket Addictor. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Juneja, Sunny (31 July 2011). "What is the helicopter shot?". The Times of India. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Azhar played the helicopter shot before MS Dhoni". Deccan Chronicle. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "5 cricketers who have attempted playing the Helicopter shot". Sportskeeda. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "The story behind MS Dhoni's helicopter shot". Sportscafe. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Srihari (3 October 2016). "The tragic story of Santosh Lal – MS Dhoni's friend and the inventor of the helicopter shot". Sportskeeda. Absolute Sports. Archived from the original on 4 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.