Shivam Dube Explosive Form Presents Selectors With a Delightful Dilemma Ahead of T20 World Cup

Sunil Gavaskar hails Shivam Dube’s outstanding form for T20 World Cup squad. His impactful performances create a delightful dilemma for selectors.

Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has applauded the exceptional form of all-rounder Shivam Dube, asserting that Dube is not merely a backup for Hardik Pandya but a strong contender actively vying for a spot in the T20 World Cup squad.

Dube’s Meteoric Rise:

Shivam Dube’s remarkable performances in the T20I series against Afghanistan have not only secured victories for India but have also positioned him as a formidable contender for the T20 World Cup 2024. With concerns over Hardik Pandya’s fitness, Dube’s consistent and impactful displays have become a focal point of discussions among cricket enthusiasts and experts.

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Gavaskar’s Perspective:

Gavaskar emphasized that Dube’s performances were making it challenging for selectors to consider dropping him, even if Hardik Pandya were fit. He highlighted Dube’s proactive approach, ensuring that he secures his place in the World Cup squad through stellar performances.

Impressive Contributions:

In Mohali, Dube’s unbeaten 60-run knock showcased his batting prowess, and his contribution to the ball secured a six-wicket win for India. His versatility was further highlighted with impressive figures of 1-9 in two overs. In Indore, Dube’s explosive 63 not out off 32 deliveries propelled India to a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Newfound Confidence:

Gavaskar praised Dube’s newfound confidence at the international level, noting his improved understanding of the game and his unique skills. Shivam Dube has moved past imitating others and now focuses on showcasing his strengths.

“After these two games, I think he now feels that he belongs at the international level. He has got the appreciation and respect of his teammates because he put in two wonderful performances. I think he is just a lot more comfortable about his own game. He knows his own game better. He is not trying to copy anyone now. He is saying, ‘This is what I can do and what I bring to the table,'” remarked Gavaskar.

As the T20 World Cup squad announcement approaches, Dube’s story has transformed from a potential replacement to that of a player who has carved his niche, leaving selectors with a delightful dilemma.

IANS