Hardik Pandya on playing helicopter shot in front of MS Dhoni: Happy that it came off

first_imgOut of the three sixes that Hardik Pandya hit against Chennai Super Kings on Thursday night, one was a helicopter shot that he played right in front of the man who invented the unique shot – MS Dhoni.Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard took the Super Kings bowlers to the cleaners at the Wankhede in the slog overs to take Mumbai Indians to 170 with 45 runs coming off the final two overs.Pandya smashed Dwayne Bravo for two sixes in the final over with the first being a helicopter shot. The ball travelled 91 metres as Pandya replicated MS Dhoni’s trademark shot.Hardik Pandya ended up with 25 not out off 8 balls while Kieron Pollard smashed 17 off 7 balls. Their partnership off 45 runs in 12 balls turned out to be a turning point in the game in the end.Hardik opened up on his helicopter shot after the game revealed how he copied it from Dhoni after watching him play the shot so many times over the years.”Very special, I have been working on that shot (helicopter). After playing that shot I was kind of proud, I was expecting MS to come and say ‘good shot’. Generally people like to bowl at the stumps against me. It’s a shot which is not easy but I have seen MS hitting them so many times.”He is an inspiration and we try to copy a lots of shots which he plays and this is one of the shots which I’ve copied from him and quite happy that it came out well,” Hardik Pandya said.advertisementSpecial to hit helicopter shot with @msdhoni watching: Hardik”Hoped MS would congratulate me after that shot “An overjoyed @hardikpandya7 talks about emulating inspiration MSD’s pet stroke against CSK. Interview by @Moulinparikh #MIvCSK @mipaltanhttps://t.co/jLLWXuZRYe pic.twitter.com/aci6s6cPBFIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 4, 2019KIERON POLLARD AN MI LEGENDThe Mumbai Indians all-rounder also spoke about Kieron Pollard and the special bond that he shares with the West Indian cricketer on and off the field.”He is a special cricketer. He is very dear to us, he’s like a brother to me. He’s a match-winner no matter if he is batting, bowling or fielding. Whenever you put him in the spot he will deliver. According to me his an MI legend,” Hardik Pandya said.Pandya also picked up three crucial wickets, including that of MS Dhoni, as he came up with a special performance in front of the home crowd.Hardik revealed he had been training hard during his time away from the senior national team and all that is helping him strike the ball as cleanly as he is in the ongoing season of IPL. Hardik was sidelined from international action during a back injury he picked up during Asia Cup last year. Shortly after his comeback, Hardik faced a suspension for his controversial comments in a popular television show — Koffee With Karan.Nonetheless, the Mumbai Indians all-rounder has returned to peak form in IPL 2019 and is expected to play a key role for India at the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.”It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It’s been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. Touch wood, it’s helping me,” Hardik said on Wednesday.He added: “I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment. Yes, the injury happened and then the controversy too. These seven months weren’t easy and I wasn’t sure of what to do.”This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup.”Also Read | Wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | MS Dhoni blames poor fielding and death bowling for CSK’s crushing defeat vs MIAlso Read | Mumbai Indians 1st team to win 100 IPL matches, CSK’s winning streak endslast_img