Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said he wouldn’t recommend youngsters to play his trademark helicopter shot. Speaking to Khaleej Times when he was asked about his trademark helicopter shot and would he advise youngsters to play that, he said he won’t recommend because there is a high risk of getting injured. “It is something I learned while playing tennis ball cricket on the roads of India.
“It is difficult. In tennis ball cricket even it’s hit from the toe of the bat the ball still travels a lot but in normal cricket, it has to be the middle part of the bat, so it requires a lot of work. I don’t want them to play helicopter shots because they could get injured.” He further added.
In 2005-06, Indian fans were greatly fascinated to see a 24-year-old long-haired boy ferociously demonstrating the helicopter shot, something they had never seen before. The follow-through of the shot after the ball had left the bat, summed up everything, the power he possessed in his bottom hand.
MS Dhoni was in UAE for the launch of his MS Dhoni Cricket Academy. He has teamed up with Pacific Sports Club and Aarka Sports Club in this venture. Speaking about the academy, Dhoni said, “I am delighted to be a part of this venture and will contribute in every way possible to make it a success. It has been my dream to contribute to the game in every way possible. This is the first step in that direction. The enthusiasm of the trainees is what will drive this venture.”
“The biggest motivation is being a part of the Indian cricket team. You have seen cricketers who are not god-gifted, but even then, they have gone far. That’s because of the passion. The coaches need to find that out. Everybody doesn’t play for the country.”
“I have always believed that process is more important than results. I never thought about results, I always thought what is the right thing to do at that point in time whether it’s 10 runs needed, 14 runs needed or 5 runs needed. I was always so engrossed in the process that I never took the burden of thinking what if the results don’t go my way.” he further added.
(Inputs From PTI/ANI)
– by Atharva Apte