IPL 2020: Steve Smith practises MS Dhoni's signature 'Helicopter Shot'

Updated: 24 September, 2020 14:05 IST | ANI | Dubai

Taking a cue from Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni, Steve Smith was seen practising the famous 'Helicopter Shot' during a net session.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has become a platform for players across the world to display new additions to their bowling and batting skills. And now it seems that Steve Smith, the skipper of Rajasthan Royals, is looking to add some inventive shots to his repertoire. Taking a cue from Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni, Steve Smith was seen practising the famous 'Helicopter Shot' during a net session. What is interesting is that Smith managed to play the shot exactly like Dhoni.

The Helicopter shot, made famous by Dhoni, was used by him to dispatch even well-executed yorkers for sixes. Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 16 runs in their first match of the tournament. Sanju Samson was awarded Man of the Match for his knock of 74 runs from 32 balls which helped Rajasthan Royals reach 216/7 in the allotted twenty overs. During the course of his innings, Samson smashed nine sixes and one four.

Skipper Steve Smith made 69 runs. The game-changing moment came in the final over of Rajasthan's innings with Jofra Archer smashing CSK's Lungi Ngidi for 30 runs. While defending the score, Rahul Tewatia took three crucial wickets - Shane Watson, Sam Curran and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

The spinner ended up with the figures of 3-37 from his four overs. For CSK, Faf du Plessis top-scored with 72 from 37 balls. The MS Dhoni-led side posted 200 in the end but lost the match by 16 runs. CSK will next take on Delhi Capitals on September 25 while Rajasthan will face Kings XI Punjab on September 27.

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First Published: 24 September, 2020 12:33 IST

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