There are few shots in Cricket more unorthodoxically iconic, and effective to boot, than MS Dhoni's 'helicopter shot.' The World Cup-winning captain gets an enormous amount of purchase despite having to navigate his bat across his pads to heave balls over the boundary -- often leaving opponents and commentators speechless and his fans, ecstatic. Now, someone is trying to emulate him, and doing quite well to boot!
Afghanistan spin bowler Rashid Khan hit an inch-perfect Helicopter shot in the T10 League encounter for the Maratha Arabians in Sharjah, the ball sailing onto the top of the stands. Rashid Khan clearly knew what he had done, given how he stood at the crease maintaining his follow-through's form, even as the bowler looked completely shellshocked.
Now, in a tweet, Rashid Khan has paid tribute to MS Dhoni, calling him the #Inventer.
And his Twitter fans, including a number of current and former cricketers, agree:
Former Aussie cricketer Tom Moody, who is coach of Rashid Khan's Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL team wrote back:
Upcoming Indian star Rishabh Pant said:
The Sunrisers Hyderabad said they're looking for more where that came from in the IPL:
Pakistani cricketer Faisal Iqbal also hailed the shot:
English cricketer Danielle Wyatt said:
And here's a look at the real thing: