Cricketer who taught Dhoni the 'helicopter' shot passes away

Former Ranji player from Jharkhand, Santosh Lal, died on Wednesday after being diagnosed from pancreatitis. Santosh was one of the closest friends of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who helped him invent his famous helicopter shot.

Lal's body has been taken to Lady Hardinge hospital for autopsy and will then be flown back to Ranchi.

Ramesh Kumar, Lal's friend, informed that he was admitted to Guru Nanak hospital in Ranchi on July 12, after complaining unbearable pain in his stomach. He was then detected with with acute pancreatitis.

Talking about his close friend, Kumar said, "Santosh was the best cricketer Ranchi has ever produced, He was extremely polite and selfless person who  selfless use to help every one. His demise would leave a void in cricket in Jharkhand."

Dhoni was in touch  with his family and extended full support in making all necessary arrangements for the treatment.

Dhoni, who is out on a tour of the US, reportedly credited his helicopter shot to Lal, who used to execute the stroke in Ranji Trophy matches with style. Lal was working with the Railways.


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