Gone are the days when MS Dhoni was the only batter to play the famous helicopter shot. With the passage of time, more and more players are adopting the shot as it helps one to easily get underneath the ball and send it for a maximum despite the ball not being pitched in the hitting range of the batter.
From India’s Hardik Pandya to Kedar Jadhav to players from foreign countries, a lot of batters have successfully copied the shot of MS Dhoni and that too with their own touch of improvements in it. A similar shot was played by Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz during his side’s ongoing T20 World Cup match against Scotland on Monday night. However, Gurbaz’s hit was not exactly similar to that of MSD as it looked more like a helicopter whip.
Gurbaz played the shot on the first ball of the 15th over of Afghanistan’s innings which was bowled by Josh Davey. The right-arm pacer fed Gurbaz on the slot and the latter gleefully smashed it over midwicket for a six.
Watch the shot here:
Notably, Gurbaz is not the first Afghanistan batter to play the helicopter shot as his national teammate Rashid Khan plays the shot quite often while batting for his national team or during the domestic leagues.
“I love my bowling, but I like to play the helicopter shot a lot,” Rashid had said when he had been asked by Mohammad Nabi about his preference when it comes to batting and bowling. “The fans, they like it a lot too and want to see it in every game… I’ve been working hard on that and so far it has worked out well and I will try to play the shot whenever I can,” he had added in the video which was uploaded on IPL’s website.
Najibullah Zadran’s quickfire fifty propels Aghanistan to 190/4 against Scotland
Najibullah Zadran scored 59 off 34 and Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a 46-run knock off 37 to help Afghanistan post a mammoth total of 190/4 against Scotland on Monday. After opting to bat first, Mohammad Nabi and company came out all guns blazing and scored 55 runs in the powerplay itself. Later, the middle order came at its very best to help the side capitalise on it. Nabi also helped team’s cause with an unbeaten 11 off 4 balls. On the other hand, Safyaan Sharif (2/33) was the pick of the bowlers for Scotland, while Josh Davey and Mark Watt claimed a wicket each.