During the Thiruvananthapuram T20I, while the Indian team management surprised everyone by sending Shivam Dube at the no.3 batting position, India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma revealed the reason for that decision.
The hosts India are currently busy in the three-match T20I series against Windies. India won the first T20I of this series at Hyderabad where they successfully chased their highest ever T20I target (208 runs). While the visitors managed to score 207/5 (20 overs) in the first innings, the hosts chased down that target in 18.4 overs after losing four wickets. Indian captain Virat Kohli (94*) and opener KL Rahul (62) played the major roles to chase that target comfortably.
However, India failed to maintain their winning streak against Windies at Thiruvananthapuram. The hosts were forced to bat first after losing the toss. While the opener KL Rahul (11) was dismissed cheaply in that innings, the Indian team management stunned everyone by promoting Shivam Dube at the no.3 position in the batting order. Generally, Virat Kohli bats at this position.
Shivam Dube initially struggled in that innings, but soon he handled that situation very well and played an impressive knock. The left-handed batsman completed his maiden international half-century as he scored 54 runs off 30 balls (3 fours and 4 sixes). Youngster Rishabh Pant (33*) was the only other batsman to score 20+ runs in that innings as India managed 170/7 (20 overs) in that first innings.
While India and Windies will play the final T20I of this series on Wednesday (11th December) night at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai), Rohit Sharma revealed the reason of Shivam Dube’s batting order promotion in the pre-match press conference.
Shivam Dube came to bat at no.3 to destroy the Windies’ bowlers planning
Rohit Sharma clarified that the Thiruvananthapuram pitch wasn’t easy for batting as it was a slow nature. To disturb the Caribbean’s strategy, Shivam Dube was sent to bat at the no.3 position.
Though the newcomer Shivam Dube utilised that opportunity properly, India failed to save that game. Due to the poor fielding performances by the Indian fielders, Windies chased down that target comfortably in 18.3 overs after losing just two wickets.
However, Rohit Sharma hasn’t clarified whether Shivam Dube will come to bat at the no.3 position during the Mumbai T20I or not.