Shivam Dube Credits MS Dhoni’s Mentorship for Transformative Performance

Discover how MS Dhoni’s mentorship transforms Shivam Dube’s approach, leading to a stellar performance in India’s T20I victory against Afghanistan.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni has played a pivotal role in shaping the attitude and approach of all-rounder Shivam Dube, who recently delivered a match-winning performance for India against Afghanistan in the first T20I. Dube’s impactful innings of 60 off 40 balls and bowling figures of 1 for 9 contributed to India’s six-wicket victory, securing a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

In a post-match statement, Dube expressed how the guidance and wisdom from MS Dhoni have influenced his game. “When I came to bat, I wanted to implement what I have learned from MS Dhoni about finishing games. He tells me about how to tackle different situations. He has given me two or three tips and rated my batting. So, I feel if he rates my batting then I’ll keep playing well. My confidence went up because of that,” shared Dube with ESPNCricinfo.

Acknowledging the crucial support from both MS Dhoni and Indian captain Rohit Sharma,  Shivam Dube emphasized their role in boosting his confidence and allowing him to bat higher in the order. “Both allow me to bat higher in the order. There’s a lot of work to be done, and I know they will back me and want me to do well. So, that makes me feel a lot more positive,” he added.

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Dube’s bowling performance was equally impressive, dismissing Afghanistan’s captain Ibrahim Zadran with finesse. Reflecting on his bowling, Dube mentioned the gradual improvements, stating, “The changes have not come suddenly. In the off-season, I worked a lot on my fitness. After that, I bowled a lot in domestic cricket too, so things kept improving. I was able to find the right areas and also generated a decent pace.”

As Dube continues to shine on the international stage, the influence of MS Dhoni’s mentorship remains a significant factor in his evolving cricketing journey.

IANS