New Delhi: Helicopter shot: A shot that made the winning of 2011 world cup more iconic.The shot that has become synonymous with one of the best finisher in the world Mahendra Singh Dhoni. But very few of us know that this signature shot from Dhoni was not his own invention.
As 'MS Dhoni: the untold story' released this Friday, it tells us some of the untold stories from Dhoni's life and one of them is about his iconic helicopter shot.
The shot was called Thappad shot back then and Dhoni learned it from his friend, Santosh Lal. Both were Childhood friends and spent a lot of time together travelling to different states for the cricket tournament.
While speaking to a newspaper, another friend of Santosh Lal, Nishant Dayal said: He and Dhoni were the best of friends since childhood. They would play tennis ball games endlessly. They both worked for Railways. Santosh was fearless as a batsman. Over the years, Dhoni may have patented the "helicopter shot" but growing up, there was someone who was better at it. Dhoni always admired his batting style. And Santosh taught him to play the helicopter shot," adds Dayal.
Santosh Lal who went on to play Ranji trophy succumbed to pancreatitis at the age of 32. Dhoni even after became a star remained friends with Santosh and had arranged an air ambulance for his ailing friend to shift him to a Delhi hospital, but that couldn't save his life.