[caption id="attachment_831783" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-831783" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Hardik-Pandya-Mumbai-Indians_BCCI.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="418" /> Hardik Pandya has looked in ominous form this IPL, scoring 218 runs at a strike rate of 194.64 in nine matches. @BCCI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Hardik-Pandya/news">Hardik Pandya</a> has already emulated <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mahendra-singh-dhoni/">MS Dhoni</a>'s signature helicopter shot and the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mumbai-indians">Mumbai Indians</a> all-rounder says the veteran keeper-batsman liked his version of the innovative stroke. <p></p> <p></p>Pandya has looked in ominous form this IPL, scoring 218 runs at a strike rate of 194.64 in nine matches. He used the shot to good effect against speedster Kagiso Rabada in their game against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Delhi-Capitals">Delhi Capitals</a> Thursday night. <p></p> <p></p>The 25-year-old smashed 32 off 15 balls to power Mumbai Indians to 168 for five, a total which Delhi Capitals found too stiff to chase, going down by 40 runs. <p></p> <p></p>His inning comprised two boundaries and three massive sixes, including the helicopter shot -- a stroke made famous by Dhoni. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/ipl-2019-capitals-vs-indians-mishras-150th-and-how-kotla-is-proving-to-be-delhis-feeble-fortress-831625">Capitals vs Indians: Mishra's 150th and how Kotla is proving to be Delhi's feeble fortress</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>It was in the second ball of the 20th over when Hardik had played that shot, sending a Rabada delivery across the ropes between long-on and deep mid-wicket position. <p></p> <p></p>The all-rounder had played the helicopter shot in front of Dhoni during a game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), which Mumbai won by 37 runs at the Wankhede. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/its-unfortunate-to-see-so-many-people-going-after-mahendra-singh-dhoni-virat-kohli-831342">It s unfortunate to see so many people going after Dhoni: Virat Kohli</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"I never thought I would play the helicopter shot in a game. I've been practising that in the nets. I went to Dhoni's room and asked him if he liked my version of the helicopter shot. He said it was good," said Pandya. <p></p> <p></p>Adjudged Man of the Match for his crucial innings, Hardik said he has been hitting the ball well. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2019-dc-vs-mi-delhi-capitals-capitulate-to-40-run-loss-against-mumbai-indians-831539"><strong>HIGHLIGHTS: DC vs MI</strong></a> <p></p> <p></p>"Even I was telling myself that I don't think I've ever hit the ball better. I have been working hard in the nets and it has been coming off well for me," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"I like to keep the basics straight, even in the death if you keep your shape and hope for bowlers to miss, you can hit hard. (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/indian-premier-league-2019-200997/points-table/"><strong>IPL 2019: FULL POINTS TABLE</strong></a>) <p></p> <p></p>"I am using my brain well, reading the wicket well in this season. I have five more games to go and then the play-offs, and I hope to keep going like this through the season."