India’s greenhorn all-rounder Shivam Dube stated that he is not looking at the West Indies series as an opportunity to replace Hardik Pandya. Dube added that he wants to do well for the team and concentrate on the process. The all-rounder has thus far played a handful of matches for the Indian team and he is trying to set his feet at the International level.
The Mumbai all-rounder had scalped imperative three wickets in the deciding T20I match against Bangladesh. In fact, Dube had taken two wickets in two balls to get back India right into the contest. It is well known that Shivam Dube has the skills to hit the ground running with the bat but he is yet to play a substantial knock for the side.
Shivam is trying to set his feet.
“I don’t think it’s an opportunity to replace Hardik but I think I have got a chance and I will try to do well for my country. I have got a job for my country and I will try to do that better,” Dube said in the pre-match presser in Hyderabad.
Shivam Dube went on to add that he is getting the backing of the team management as well as the captain, Virat Kohli. The southpaw batsman will like to grab his opportunities with both hands.
“Everyone is supporting me. The support from the captain and the team management was really good for me. They gave me a lot of confidence. So, I feel really happy and relaxed in the dressing room,” Dube said.
Dube believes it is crucial to maintain the right fitness especially when you are an all-rounder. The workload of the all-rounder is more as he has to both bowl as well as bat.
“It’s always difficult being an all-rounder. Most important for me is to maintain my fitness levels because as an all-rounder, you need to both bat and bowl. So, maintaining fitness is really a difficult job,” he said.
“I am very confident in my bowling. In T20 games, every bowler gets a bad as well as a good game. So, I try to prepare myself in very good situations and I feel that I can be a proper bowler who can bowl four overs. I have done that job,” he added.
India will take on the West Indies on the 6th of December at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.