The helicopter shot in cricket is the act of flicking the bat toward the leg side when facing a yorker or a fuller-length delivery, and finishing the stroke with a flourish by twisting the bat in an overhead circle. This shot, which requires excellent timing and wrist-work, is considered a new innovation in cricket, and is seen as an unconventional form of batsmanship. Traditionally, faster bowlers have used yorker-length deliveries toward the end of limited-overs matches because it is difficult to hit such balls to the boundary; the helicopter shot is one answer to this tactic.
Mohammad Azharuddin played the first helicopter shot against the South African team in 1990 at Eden Gardens. Aravinda Silva, Kevin Peterson and Charama Silva also played similar shots. The shot was played by M. S. Dhoni, but it was fellow player Santosh Lal, a childhood friend of Dhoni's, who taught him how to play the shot.
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