Photo Courtesy: Screengrab from Star Sports
Virat Kohli plays the Helicopter Shot; Photo Courtesy: Screengrab from Star Sports

Virat Kohli hammered an unbeaten 139-run knock against Sri Lanka which enabled India to win the series 5-0. Kohli, during his knock tried replicate MS Dhoni’s trademark ‘Helicopter shot’ in the 49th bowled by Ajantha Mendis. Varun Arora looks back at Kohli’s Helicopter Shot.

Kohli had completed his 21st One-Day International (ODI) century and was batting on 126 when India required eight runs to win from the final over. Sri Lanka skipper, Angelo Mathews, brought in Ajantha Mendis to bowl the 49th over as he had already taken four crucial wickets. After a long discussion with Mathews, Mendis was ready to bowl. He tossed one up, and Kohli smashed it for a gigantic six over long-on in a manner markedly similar to what MS Dhoni might have done.

Take 1

Photo Courtesy: Screengrab from Star Sports
Photo Courtesy: Screengrab from Star Sports

The ball is set to land in Kohli’s zone. Kohli has his eyes set on the ball and he has pushed his front foot out of the way. He has a very high back-lift to get full power on the shot.

Take 2

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Photo Courtesy: Screengrab from Star Sports

He has connected with the ball. There is a bit of wrist work involved in that and his bat is directed towards long-on.

Take 3

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Photo Courtesy: Screengrab from Star Sports

He closes the face of the bat at the ultimate movement to direct the shot perfectly.

Take 4

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Photo Courtesy: Screengrab from Star Sports

Kohli pushes his weight back and regains balance. At this moment, he watches the ball go  the distance.

“I tried a helicopter shot as well off Ajantha and that came off also. Playing in MS’ hometown that was perfect finish for us,” an elated Kohli said in the presentation ceremony.

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)