India’s rookie all-rounder Shivam Dube has had a decent start to his international career. Dube had made his T20I debut against Bangladesh and also got a chance in the ODI side in the series against the West Indies to make his 50-overs debut. The hard-hitting batsman was able to grab his opportunity with both hands when he was promoted in the batting order in the T20I match against the Windies.
The southpaw scored a fine fifty despite struggling to find his touch in the initial phase of his innings. It was maiden fifty for Dube which must have added a shot in his arm. The left-hander has shown the skills to be a power-hitter and would like to be more consistent with the bat. Furthermore, Dube was also able to do a fine job in the T20I decider against Bangladesh when he picked two wickets in two balls and finished the match with three wickets.
Dube still has a lot of work to do.
The southpaw batter from Mumbai who had grabbed the headlines when he scored five sixes in an over wants to be flexible in the batting order. Moreover, he wants to bowl in any kind of situation. Dube is happy to play any kind of role for the team.
“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.
Dube has been thus far used as a filler bowler by captain Virat Kohli. The right-arm medium pacer hasn’t completed his quota of overs in every match he has played as he has leaked his runs at an economy of 9.62 in the six T20Is he has played. Dube wants to complete his full quota of overs in the matches to come.
“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.”