Mumbai Indians might have lost the match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday, MI's batsman Hardik Pandya emerged victorious by clinching the fastest fifty (off 17 balls) in this edition of the IPL.
It appears as the Mumbai Indians player has made his own helicopter shot in this IPL season. He attempted the shot twice during KKR vs MI match and aced it with perfection.
On Sunday, Pandya smashed the fastest fifty of the season in 177 balls. While chasing the mammoth 233, Hardik came in at a point when the run rate required per over was touching 10. Hardik got started from the outset as he smashed the ball to all parts. Hardik Pandya smashed a splendid 34-ball 91.
In a video posted by IPL on its official Twitter handle, Hardik Pandya gives his version of the popular helicopter shot:
Taking to Twitter, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar hailed praises at the Mumbai Indians player, calling it a truly outstanding hitting from Hardik Pandya.
Cricket Commentator Harsha Bhogle also took to Twitter and wrote:
On Sunday, Kolkata Knight Riders snapped their six-match losing streak with a 34-run win over Mumbai Indians in a high-scoring IPL game that saw brutal stroke play from power-hitters of both teams.
Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen fired on all cylinders to post the season's highest total, 232 for two, after sensational knocks from Shubman Gill (75 off 45) and Andre Russell (80 not out off 40).
At 58 for four, Mumbai were down and out but Hardik Pandya reignited their hopes with a breathtaking 91 off 34 balls. In the end, Pandya's dismissal in the 18th over sealed the game in KKR's favour as Mumbai ended at 198 for seven. The Indian all-rounder's cracking innings comprised nine sixes and six fours.
(With PTI inputs)