M. S Dhoni: The Untold Story, the biopic of Mahendra Singh Dhoni had hit the theaters on 30 September, and is receiving a very good response. The movie threw light on the hidden facts and, hard work of Dhoni, his family and friends.
No doubt, this was Dhoni’s story, but we also came to know about many untold chapters about his love life, his sacrifices, his family and friend support.
Amidst all there was a person who teaches him Dhoni’s signature shot that, helicopter shot. Yes, Dhoni friend Santosh Lal taught him the helicopter shot, which was originally invented by him. Santosh named this shot as Thappad shot.
Santosh Lal was Dhoni’s childhood friend and they spent a lot of time together traveling to different states for cricket tournaments. While speaking to The Indian Express, another friend of Santosh Lal, Nishant Dayal said:
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,” adds Dayal.
Even after Dhoni became a star, he remained friends with Santosh who went on to play Ranji cricket. But unfortunately, he succumbed to pancreatitis at the age of 32. Dhoni had arranged an air ambulance for his ailing friend to shift him to a Delhi hospital, but it all went in vain.