Shivam Dube, All-Rounders, India
Shivam Dube. Credit: BCCI

Last Update on: January 2nd, 2020 at 02:04 pm

Shivam Dube is a powerful young lad, who packs a punch and is more than capable of hitting the ball a country mile. And considering his all-round abilities and power game, Shivam Dube has entered international cricket as an exciting youngster. However, he wasn’t upto the mark in the match against West Indies with the ball, which saw him losing his spot in the playing XI.

Still, the flamboyant all-rounder managed to break into the squad for the series against Sri Lanka and Australia in the absence of Hardik Pandya. In his short international career of 6 T20Is and a solitary ODI, Dube has got the opportunity to bat on five occasions. But only twice did he have more than five overs at his disposal but made sure that he showed the world a glimpse of his six-hitting ability.

I would be happy to play any role – Shivam Dube

Speaking of his place in the Indian team, the youngster hopes to perform his best in the upcoming series to cement his position in the Virat Kohli-led side. He wants to display his hard-hitting skills down the order as well.  Besides that, Shivam Dube intends to deliver the goods as a floater of the team. With India looking for an extra-bowling option, the upcoming series will be a perfect platform for the youngster to utilise.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube (Credits: Twitter)

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“I don’t have to do any special kind of preparation for hitting sixes. It comes naturally. I liked hitting the big shots and used to practice it a lot,” Dube says in an exclusive chat with Hindustan Times. I don’t mind whether I bat at No.3 or 7. I want to be someone who can hit anywhere and a bowler who can bowl in every situation. I don’t know about being a finisher with the bat. I’d be happy to play any role for the team,” Dube said.

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Further, Shivam Dube explained about the possibilities of using an extra bowler during the game. However, he expressed his hope to finish his full quota of overs in every single game, which he plays for the Indian National Cricket Team.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube (Credits: Twitter)

 “I feel I am a proper all-rounder. We are a very strong team with a lot of bowling options, and sometimes the conditions demand a particular thing, so all these things come into play when we talk about that 4th-5th bowling option,” adds Dube. “But having said that, the goal is to complete my quota of overs in every match, whether it’s a T20 or ODI.”

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Well, it would be interesting to see whether he can break into the playing XI during the series against Australia. However, before that, the youngster got a good chance to impress the team management with his skills in the T20I series against Sri Lanka.


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