Hardik Pandya seems to be obsessed with playing the 'Helicopter Shot' every now and then that it has now become one of his favourite shots. He once again hit this mindblowing shot as the ball travelled the distance and kept the Wankhede crowd on their feet.
The incident happened in the 19th over of Mumbai's innings which was bowled by Jofra Archer. In the fifth ball of that over, Archer bowled a delivery on the middle and off stump line which Pandya hit with full force after ensuring that a good balance was maintained between the bat and the legs for the smooth and perfect execution of this shot. The timing was good, as a result of which the ball landed outside the boundary and it was applauded by one and all. He played yet another cameo of a 11-ball 28 at a strike rate of 254.55.
The video of this exceptional shot was posted on Twitter.
Pandya has been one of the key performers of Mumbai Indians in the ongoing season. He has contributed with both bat and the ball and has helped in taking his team to a good position whenever they looked in trouble. Pandya once again grabbed the spotlight for hitting a 'Helicopter Shot' against Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium. This is not the first time that the stylish Indian all-rounder had hit this unique shot. He had earlier hit this shot during MI's clash against Chennai Super Kings at the same venue which the former champions went on to win by 37 runs. Pandya hit the 'Helicopter Shot' which is MS Dhoni's trademark shot as the ex-Indian skipper watched the ball getting deposited into the stands from behind the stumps.
Mumbai were put into bat after by Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane after he had won the toss. Skipper Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock stitched in a 96-run opening stand. Sharma departed for a 32-ball 47. However, his opening partner de Kock kept the scoreboard ticking when Mumbai were losing wickets at crunch situations. The South African wicket-keeper batsman played a quickfire innings and was eventually dismissed for 52-ball 81 at a strike rate of 155.77. His explosive knock helped Mumbai Indians reach a challenging total of 187/5 in their 20 overs.