Watch: Parag plays a helicopter shot like MS Dhoni
T20 cricket extravaganza saw notable batsmen chipping in with their trademark shots like the MS Dhoni’s trademark shot- ‘The helicopter’ but little did we know that a 17-year-old youngster named Riyan Parag would actually play the helicopter shot and that too in a confident manner.
Parag did catch the fans’ eyeballs as he made a strong impression in the limited chances that he got in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. It is no doubt that the bright prospect has shown enough calmness and composure in nail-biting situations and has already played a couple of match-winning knocks in the season.
In the recently-concluded match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, Riyan Parag was the main man for Rajasthan Royals as he scored a 31-ball 47 to help the team ace a 176-run target at the Eden Gardens.
Sunil Narine drops a costly catch of Riyan Parag in the 8th over of the game but the bright young prospect did extremely well by making use of the opportunity to better effect. He put on a 25-run stand with Shreyas Gopal and then a 44-run stand with Jofra Archer.
Riyan Parag smashed two sixes and five fours and maintained a strike rate of over 150 in team’s successful chase.
Parag might have played a wide range of shots to his resume but his helicopter shot against KKR pacer Prithviraj in the 10th over was the highlight. He proved that age is just a number to play any kind of cricketing shot as he executed the shot to perfection by scoring a boundary.
Avid cricket fans would certainly picturise Parag’s shot to that of Dhoni’s when the latter played a helicopter shot against New Zealand a long ago.
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Needless to say, Riyan Parag said there was actually no inspiration for the helicopter shot and disclosed he never even practised the much-hyped or much-talked Dhoni’s trademark shot.
“I just hit it. There’s no inspiration behind that. I have played it a few times in the state matches as well. I was waiting for a short ball but he bowled a length ball. I just went through it. There’s wasn’t any inspiration. I hadn’t prepared for it. I didn’t even practice for it,” Riyan Parag told his team pacer Varun Aaron during an interaction for IPLT20.com.
Riyan Parag was terribly upset when he got out on an unfamiliar fashion of hit wicket during the 19th over of the run chase. During the chase, Rajasthan Royals needed 9 runs from the last six balls. Jofra Archer helped his team to win the match by hitting a four and followed by a six off the first two balls of the 20th over.