In the wake of India‘s two consecutive victories in the ongoing T20I series against Afghanistan, the spotlight has undeniably fallen on the remarkable performances of Shivam Dube. The dynamic all-rounder’s stellar contributions with both bat and ball have captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts and experts alike, elevating his status as a important player in the ranks.
However, as speculation mounts regarding the composition of the Indian team for the upcoming T20I World Cup in June 2024, former cricketer Rohan Gavaskar has weighed in on Dube’s place in the lineup. With his recent exploits, the promising cricketer seems to be staking a strong claim for a significant role in the Men in Blue’s lineup.
Rohan Gavaskar on Shivam Dube
Gavaskar lauded Dube’s performances, emphasizing that he is making a compelling case for a spot in India’s T20I World Cup squad. The veteran batter suggested that Dube’s consistent performances ensure he remains a strong contender even if Hardik Pandya is fit. He acknowledged that such performances make it challenging for selectors, hinting at the potential headache they may face in making tough decisions for the squad.
“We have been talking about him (Dube) as, ‘Oh, listen, what if Hardik is unfit?’, I think what he is doing is making sure that even if Hardik is fit, he is on that plane in that World Cup squad. If you put in performances like this, it is very hard for anyone to drop you. It is going to be a really tough decision for the selectors if they decide to drop him. He is doing all that he can, which is giving the selectors a headache,” Gavaskar said on Cricbuzz.
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Shivam Dube’s performance against Afghanistan
Mentioning the ongoing series, Dube has emerged as a standout performer, showcasing his all-around prowess to impact the outcomes significantly. The 30-year-old cricketer delivered stellar batting performances with unbeaten knocks of 60 and 63 in consecutive games, playing a pivotal role in India’s victories. Additionally, the Mumbai-born cricketer demonstrated his bowling capabilities by claiming two wickets.