Top 5 Extraordinary Shots in Cricket

1. MS Dhoni’s Helicopter shot

MS Dhoni playing the Helicopter shot

The Helicopter shot invented by former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most famous shots in world cricket. Dhoni made life hard for fast bowlers as yorker was the only way to silence the batsmen. Dhoni used to practice this shot right from when he was born. The Helicopter shot is the one where the batsmen flick the ball in the direction of the leg side when a yorker is bowled. This particular shot is played over the mid-wicket. This is one of the most difficult shots to play.

2. Tillakaratne Dilshan’s Dilscoop

Tillakaratne Dilshan playing the Dil Scoop

The shot ‘Dilscoop’ is invented by Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, hence it is named after him. The shot is played by going down on one knee to a short length delivery. The shot is generally executed off a fast bowler. The ball is chipped over the head of the keeper and usually travels for a four/six.

3. Kevin Pietersen’s Switch Hit

Kevin Pietersen playing the Switch Hit

The South African born talented English cricketer has always been in the news for some controversies. He again came into light when he played a particular shot against Muttiah Muralitharan. When Kevin Pietersen first played the shot, many cricket analysts commented that the shot was against the rules and regulations of the game. However, the shot soon became popular and is now used by a lot of players. We have seen Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Glenn Maxwell and many more playing this shot.

4. Virender Sehwag’s Upper cut

Virender Sehwag playing the Uppercut

Despite being an opener, Virender Sehwag was known for his explosive batting right from the start of the innings. Sehwag used to play the upper cut as a weapon against the fast bowlers. The shot is hit in the region of the third man fielder. The shot is played off the deliveries which get an extra bounce outside the off stump. The batsmen guide’s the ball over the slips for a boundary.

5. ABD Reverse Scoop

ABD playing the Reverse Scoop

AB De Villiers was known for his innovative shots and explosive batting. The former Proteas batsmen has a huge fanbase across the world for his batting style. De Villiers used to play a reverse shot off the fast bowlers which was most shocking. De Villiers used to play the shot off the fast bowlers bowling at 140-150 kmp.