Glenn Maxwell Borrows MS Dhoni's 'Helicopter' Shot & Indian Fan Demands Royalty
Australia's Glenn Maxwell has made a name for himself as a scary middle-order batsman who can produce big shots on command and can smash some spectacular boundaries in a short span of time.
However, during the first of three T20I matches between Australia and the visiting Sri Lankan team, the batsman stepped onto the pitch at number three and lit it up for the Aussies with seven 4s and three 6s while completing his half-century in just 22 balls.
After completing his fifty with a maximum, Maxwell decided to go long yet again and with an even better shot than the previous one. Perfectly mimicking former Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni's iconic 'helicopter' shot during his “magic knock”, the 31-year-old easily made it across the fence for six more runs.
Maxwell brings out the helicopter! Consecutive sixes for the Australia's No.3!— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 27, 2019
Australia 1-222 with an over to go. #AUSvSLpic.twitter.com/1F6t5cxCYu
“Maxwell brings out the helicopter,” read the tweet by Cricket Australia. Recognising his trademark shot being used so brilliantly, MS Dhoni fans went on Twitter to demand royalty:
Aussies must pay royalty to @msdhoni for using his trademark shot!— Dr. Yatin J Patel (@yatinjpatel) October 28, 2019
What a Shot.#AUSvSL— JaayShaan(Shankar) (@JaayShaan) October 27, 2019
Helicopter 🚁 has arrived— AMANAGANTI RAVITEJA (@Raviteja_Beast) October 28, 2019
After receiving tough competition at the hands of the ICC World Cup 2019 winners, England, this match was the first for Maxwell across formats of the game and the way the Kew-born batted, shows how hungry he is to win more.
His thunderous innings alongside David Warner's 100-run knock in just 56 balls helped the Aussies reach a mammoth total of 233/2 within 20 overs.
Subsequently, skipper Aaron Finch's bowlers took over and it was game over for Sri Lanka. The attack led by the 27-year-old Adam Zampa who bagged three wickets while giving away 14 runs in four overs, dismissed all but one from the Sri Lankan batting roster and stopped the team at 99 runs in 20 overs.
Even though Lasith Malinga's side isn't the best Sri Lankan roster the Australians have had to face, the fact that they dominated in either department of the game in such dramatic fashion, says a lot of about force that Australian cricket is. With less than a year to go for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, this team is certainly the one to look out for.