MS Dhoni's friend and inventor of 'Helicopter shot' Santosh Lal passes away

MS Dhoni (above) credits Santosh Lal for teaching him the ‘Helicopter shot’ © Getty Images

New Delhi: Jul 17, 2013

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s close friend and former teammate Santosh Lal, who taught him the famous ‘Helicopter shot’, passed away on Wednesday while undergoing treatment for pancreatitis in a hospital in New Delhi, according to reports.

Lal, who played Ranji Trophy matches with Dhoni was airlifted to the capital for treatment. The Indian skipper was providing all possible help to his friend.

“Former Ranji cricketer Santosh Lal was taken to Delhi by air ambulance and admitted to a hospital there. Besides Dhoni, all his friends have come forward in helping him fight his disease. Dhoni is in touch and helping in making all necessary arrangements for the treatment,” said a close friend of Dhoni.

Lal, a Ranji player, was identified with acute pancreatitis and was admitted in a unconscious state at a Ranchi hospital before being taken to New Delhi.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association secretary Rajesh Verma said the JSCA has donated Rs one lakh to Lal for his treatment and Rs 39,500 was collected among the association members and handed over to his family.

(With inputs from PTI)