Captain cool MS Dhoni is known as the inventor of the helicopter shot. But what if you get to know that he is not! Yes, you read it right. Former cricketer Gunduppa Viswanth had played the same shot decades before MS Dhoni started his cricketing career. MS Dhoni is famous for his flicks and throwing balls out of the park for long sixers with his helicopter shot. The first thing that always comes to the mind on hearing word ‘helicopter shot’ is MS Dhoni’s match-winning sixer against Sri Lanka in 2011 World Cup finals. He smashed Nuwan Kulasekara for a biggie moving his wrist and arms like a helicopter. World class cricketers like Ben Stokes, Steve Smith and Hardik Pandya tried to copy the helicopter shot on many occasion. Only a few people know and remember the cricketer, Gunduppa Vishwanth, who was used to hit helicopter shot, debatably, better than MS Dhoni.
Don’t believe me? Watch this video.
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The right-handed explosive batsman played from 1974 to 1984 and appeared in 2 world cups (1975 and 1979). Gundappa Viswanath scored more than 6,000 runs and was famous for his wristy shots.
A rare video shows Gundappa Viswanath hitting the ball far far away with a helicopter shot and making the crowd go crazy. Viswanath nicknamed Vishy, by his mates, comes from Mysore, now known as Karnataka.
The video made one thing was clear that MS Dhoni is certainly not the first one to play the helicopter shot.
Earlier, in an interview to Boria Majumdar, Gundappa Viswanath had said he feels excited whenever he watches any IPL or T20i game and tells himself that such shots can be played in cricket with amazing regularity.
He added that he would have done great if this limited-overs format was introduced during his time.
Both the cricketers, Gundappa Viswanath and MS Dhoni, have contributed a lot to Indian cricket, and comparing them might not be a good idea.
MS Dhoni brought the 2011 World Cup home after a long period of 28 years. He was the second man for India to lift the world cup trophy. Under his captaincy, Team Indian won the 2007 T20 World Cup, Asia Cup and many other prestigious titles.
Talking about MS Dhoni’s records, the Ranchi lad has scored 10,773 runs in ODIs, 4876 runs in Test cricket. The 38-year-old cricket has lighting fast reflexes and dismissed more than 195 batsmen behind the stumps. He has taken 634 catches at the international platform.