‘Helicopter Shot’ is one of the most talked-about cricket shots in the present era. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known for his trademark shot ‘The Helicopter’. Whenever he plays this shot, the ball is certain to travel a long way over the fence. The manner in which he generates the bat speed against the pace of the ball is what makes him one of the powerful hitters.
We have also witnessed Hardik Pandya playing this shot a couple of times in international cricket. Baroda cricketer Vishnu Solanki stunned the cricket fraternity once again by playing a helicopter shot during the SMAT final against Tamil Nadu. The batsman proved that the helicopter shot which he hit during the match against Haryana was ‘no fluke’.
With Baroda needing 15 to win off the last three balls, Solanki hammered 6, 4, 6 to pull off a miraculous win. During the SMAT final between Tamil Nadu and Baroda, it was Solanki who turned up to steer his team to 120. While Baroda were stuttering at 36 for the loss of 6 wickets, Solanki played a crucial knock again and helped the team add runs in crunch situations.
Vishnu Solanki hits two helicopter shots in SMAT
Even BCCI domestic cricket handle was impressed with the shot. The social media account posted a video along with a caption. “One batsman, two helicopter shots! 👍👍Vishnu Solanki creamed two sixes off helicopter shots, one in the #QF3 against Haryana and one in the #Final against Tamil Nadu.”
It all happened during the 19th over of the innings, as Baroda were trying to add as many runs as possible. When Sonu Yadav was brought into the attack, Solanki played a helicopter that sailed over the ropes. The pacer delivered a fullish ball and it was right in the slot. Meanwhile, Solanki made use of the ball to good effect by launching the ball over the rope towards the mid-wicket region.
He ended up scoring 49 off 55 balls including 1 four and 2 sixes. However, his knock went in vain as Tamil Nadu chased down the target with 2 overs to spare. Tamil Nadu won by 7 wickets and clinched the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.