WATCH: Much before MS Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin played the ‘helicopter’ shot

One of the popular innovative shot of modern-day cricket is the ‘helicopter’ shot popularised by former Indian skipper and power-striker MS Dhoni. Brilliant hand-eye coordination, supreme back-hand power and the ability to anticipate the length of the ball are the key ingredients behind playing a successful helicopter hit. Although, after MSD, many batters tried executing…

WATCH: Much before MS Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin played the ‘helicopter’ shot

One of the popular innovative shot of modern-day cricket is the ‘helicopter’ shot popularised by former Indian skipper and power-striker MS Dhoni. Brilliant hand-eye coordination, supreme back-hand power and the ability to anticipate the length of the ball are the key ingredients behind playing a successful helicopter hit.

Although, after MSD, many batters tried executing this high-risk shot, but nobody came close to the perfection of the Ranchi-born superstar.

However, not many fans know that much before Dhoni made the helicopter shot famous, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin had, in fact, played the similar shot to punish the bowlers during his time.

Regarded as one the finest batsman and leader to have ever played the game, Azharuddin had once taken South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener to the cleaners, smashing him five back-to-back boundaries including the helicopter shot.

It all happened during the second Test between India and South Africa in 1996 at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Azhar was in his mood and slammed consecutive five fours to reach his century.

After hitting two boundaries in the over bowled by Klusener, Azharuddin went for a helicopter to dispatch the next delivery. The bowler bowled a yorker, but the Hyderabadi batter guided it towards mid-wicket for a boundary. He then smashed two more fours to make it five in a row.

Azharuddin slammed 109 off 77 balls at a phenomenal strike rate of 141.55 with the help of 18 fours and a six.

Here is the video:

Azharuddin was one of the finest captains in the history of Indian cricket. He led Team India in as many as three ODI World Cups. The right-hander, who made his international debut in England in 1985, captained India in 221 matches across formats.

Azhar appeared in 99 Tests and 334 ODIs, accumulating 6215 and 9378 runs, respectively. He also has 29 hundreds and 79 half-centuries to his name in international cricket.

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Prithvi Shaw’s travel to Goa halted by Maharashtra police

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Prithvi Shaw’s travel to Goa halted by Maharashtra police

After being snubbed from the recently announced 20-man squad for the England tour, Prithvi Shaw had to face another setback as this time he was travelling to Goa without an e-pass.

With the horrendous corona pandemic raving havoc, Maharashtra has imposed lockdown like restrictions and asked the citizens to take a mandatory e-pass from the Government in case they want to leave their homes.

About 39,923 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 695 for the day.

These unprecedented time made it necessary for the State to take strict measures allowing only essential movement.

Shaw was en route to Goa and stopped by the police administration in the Amboli district. The budding cricketer was stalled for over an hour for failing to apply for the e-pass. Shaw exercised the guidance of the police and requested an e-mandate through his phone.

The authorities immediately issued him one, and the 21-year-old was allowed to continue his journey after receiving the clearance.

Earlier, former Indian cricketer, Akash Chopra had expressed his disappointment on and England Tour.

During an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Chopra suggested that the youngster would have been dismayed at his exclusion since the latter hasn’t received many opportunities after failing to make a mark in the Adelaide Test.

“If I was Prithvi Shaw, I would be slightly surprised and disappointed. I’d actually be thinking ‘you haven’t given me so many opportunities. Since the Adelaide Test when I got out for 0 and 2, I have not played a single Test,” said Chopra.

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