What Happened to Dhoni’s Friend Santhosh Lal, the inventor of Helicopter Shot

Last Updated: 3 October, 2016
What Happened to Dhoni’s Friend Santhosh Lal Who Invented Helicopter Shot

The biopic of the inspiring Indian cricketer Ms Dhoni was released in the last weekend of September 2016, has lured the millions of Indians, is a crowd puller to the theaters. The MS Dhoni: The Untold Story portrays the untold stories of the cricketer and also revealed about his famous helicopter shot.

Everybody likes Ms Dhoni’s unique style of batting and there were speculations prior the release of the movie about the real story of helicopter shot. There are a series of fans for his unique helicopter shot. It wasn’t his own invention, but is his friend Santosh Lal’s invention.

The tragic Story of Santosh Lal

Dhoni and Santosh Lal were childhood friends and were crazy about cricket. They used to play a lot of cricket and travel across the neighboring states to play cricket tournaments. The helicopter shot was originally called as Thappad shot and it was Santosh lal who helped Dhoni master the peculiar shot.

It is then widely branded as helicopter shot after Dhoni showcased it to international audience.

He and Dhoni were the best of friends since childhood. They would play tennis ball games endlessly. They both worked for Railways. Santosh was fearless as a batsman. Over the years, Dhoni may have patented the “helicopter shot” but growing up, there was someone who was better at it. Dhoni always admired his batting style. And Santosh taught him to play the helicopter shot,” says Nishat Dayal, another childhood frined of MS Dhoni.

Despite of his status after becoming the successful cricketer, Dhoni had never forgotten his friends who helped him to create a brand Dhoni. Santosh was a Ranji player who represented Jharkhand state team. He suffered from pancreatitis for several years and lost his life in July 2013, at the age of 32. It became severe and was admitted in Ranchi hospital, and during his struggle Dhoni arranged an air ambulance to shift him to a Delhi hospital, but he didn’t make it.

As shown in the movie, Santosh Lal used to consume alcohol which is the primary reason for the failure of his pancreas. True Friendship had never failed. MS Dhoni wouldn’t have been Dhoni today if his friends weren’t with in his hard time. Dhoni owes a lot to Santosh who taught him the helicopter shot.