It’s been almost 15 years since talismanic Indian wicket-keeper batsman, MS Dhoni sensationalised the world of cricket with his trademark ‘helicopter shot’. Since then, many batsmen around the globe have tried to replicate that shot.
Over the years, the shot has been practised by many but perfected by only a few. It was only a few weeks back when Rashid Khan successfully executed the shot while donning the traditional Pashtoon clothing.
However, another essential facet of the popular shot is that every hitter has their own version of the shot. For instance, the Hardik Pandya ‘helicopter shot’ is slightly different than that of Dhoni or Rashid.
Regardless, the ball flies off the bat and gets deposited deep into the stands. Now, Rishabh Pant, who recently resumed his training with Suresh Raina, flaunted his version of the helicopter shot. Needless to say, the ball must’ve travelled several miles, after striking the middle of his bat.
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In the past seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pant has lit up grounds all over the country with his attacking strokeplay. Moreover, Pant also has the ability to play the helicopter shot towards the square leg area off pacers.
The pocket-sized dynamo is scheduled to resume his stint with the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 13th edition of the IPL, starting September 19.
Looking at Pant’s training sessions, signs appear ominous for bowlers in the forthcoming edition of the cash-rich league.
Overall in his IPL career, Pant has 1736 runs under his belt at a magnificent strike-rate of 162.69. The southpaw has 11 half-centuries and one century to his name.
As far as Pant’s international career is concerned, he is yet to find his feet in white-ball cricket. On the other hand, Indian captain Virat Kohli has backed his batting prowess during away Test matches. Pant has scored impressive tons in England and Australia, thus far.