MS Dhoni’s signature shot, the helicopter shot has been tried by many across the world. Few failed miserably, some managed to get away with it. Recently, former Indian cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra tried to copy the helicopter shot in the practice nets but didn’t succeed.
In the first two attempts, all he could manage was to hit the ball towards the leg side. Actually, it looked more like a flick than the helicopter shot. He could not get the timing right or the power behind the shot. The third time he ended up edging the ball behind the stumps.
During the video he accepted that an unorthodox shot like this is not his cup of tea. Here’s the video of his attempts:
Well, we can’t blame Aakash. He never looked like a batsman who could perfect unorthodox shots. He always played shots which come under the category of proper cricketing shots.
The 41-year-old represented India in the longest format of the game in 10 Tests. T20 cricket never seemed to be his forte. In the 21 T20 matches he played, he could score only 334 runs at an average of 18.55 and a strike rate of 91.25.
His Indian Premier League (IPL) statistics were not impressive either. The opener played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in two seasons and scored just 53 runs in 7 matches. His average was as low as 8.83 and he had a disappointing strike rate of 74.64.