Former India captain MS Dhoni has warned the young cricketers trying to ape his trademark helicopter shot.
Dhoni doesn’t want the budding cricketers to try out the shot due to risks involved in it. The unconventional helicopter shot, which made the star wicket-keeper batsman a household name across the world, involves flicking the bat towards the leg side when facing a yorker or a fuller-length delivery, and finishing the stroke with twisting the bat in an overhead circle.
Here’s what Dhoni said:
“(It is) something I learnt while playing tennis ball cricket on the roads of India. It is difficult. In tennis ball cricket even it’s hit from the toe of the bat the ball still travels a lot but in normal cricket, it has to be the middle part of the bat, so it requires a lot of work.
“I don’t want them to play helicopter shots because they could get injured.”
Dhoni made this statement while answering the reporters at the launch of his global cricket academy in Dubai.