Shivam Dube, the young Indian all-rounder played a swashbuckling knock in the 2nd T20I against West Indies in Trivandrum. He made the mockery of the visiting bowlers and smashed them across the park throughout his innings.
Kieron Pollard, the West Indian skipper, won the toss and elected to field. Moreover, his bowlers proved the skippers decision right dismissing the in-form opener KL Rahul early. The Indian opener tried to play a slog sweep off Khary Pierre but couldn’t time it well and was caught by Shimron Hetmyer.
Shivam Dube roars in 2nd T20I against West Indies
Everyone expected for Virat Kohli would come out to bat at number three but to everyone’s surprise, Shivam Dube came out to bat. Many would have thought that the experiment to play the young all-rounder in the top order might backfire but that wasn’t the case
Shivam Dube got off to a slow start and took his time to get settled on the wicket. He got his first boundary against Jason Holder as he tried to play a pull shot on a short-pitched delivery only to edge it for a four. It was a much-needed boundary for Shivam Dube to get some momentum in his innings. In the next over against the same bowler, he smashed a six and boundary on consecutive deliveries.
There was also a heated moment between Kieron Pollard and Shivam Dube in the 8th over of the innings. The left-hander played a drive towards mid-wicket and ran for a double. At the same time, Pollard was coming back towards the stumps and a collision between the two missed by a whisker. Both the players weren’t happy and the heated moment worked in favour of Shivam Dube as he went on to smash three sixes in the same over.
Later on, in the 9th over of the innings, he completed his maiden half-century in T20I cricket off just 27 balls. However, the young player could add only four runs before he was caught by Hetmyer off Hayden Walsh. Shivam Dube mustered 54 runs off 30 balls before his knock came to a halt. After watching a swashbuckling knock from Shivam Dube, the netizens were delighted for the youngster and congratulated him over his knock.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) December 8, 2019
Delight to see this move. This is captaincy and planning. Credit to @imVkohli and the team management. Shivam Dube made the most of it. This is how careers change.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 8, 2019
Sometimes it needs one hit to get going. Holder gave Dube a short one and he has teed off since. Was 12(14), then 35 off the next 10
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 8, 2019
Well played Shivam Dubey 👏👏Turns out to be masterstroke to promote him to no.3
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 8, 2019
Sivam Dube 😍❤️
Modern Yuvraj Singh
— Pichaimuthu MPM ᵛᵃˡⁱᵐᵃⁱ (@Noirmpm) December 8, 2019
Very well played Dube. He reminds me of Yuvraj Singh somehow #INDvWI I am not sure why. Perhaps the fearless cricket part.
— ThoughtSow (@ThoughtSow) December 8, 2019
Shivam Dube @ 3 in the given situation, like the call irrespective of how it pans out #INDvWI
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) December 8, 2019
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 8, 2019
Shivam Dube gets his first T20I fifty! Been a good knock, helping India attack after a tricky start. Ravi Shastri smiles as he claps – faith in Dube paying off today! #INDvWI
— Nishad Pai Vaidya (@NishadPaiVaidya) December 8, 2019
— Yash Mittal 🇮🇳 (@im_yash2307) December 8, 2019
Nah, Dube, could have hed his shape and go really mad today. But anyway, well played Shivam.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 8, 2019
— Vimal Kumar/विमल कुमार (@Vimalwa) December 8, 2019
BCCI to sivam Dube pic.twitter.com/nxo8O0Rtsg
— Harsh Vasani (@harshKINGBOY) December 8, 2019
Dube Showing Glimpses of Great Yuvraj Singh…
— Sanjay Deshpande (@SanjayD80662833) December 8, 2019
For a moment I thought Shivam Dube is not the Yuvraj Singh material. But then he threw his wicket when he was well set and proved that India has managed to get another Yuvraj!
— Sidhanshu Kale (@sidhanshuk) December 8, 2019
Well played Shivam Dube 👏🏽 kahin kahin Yuvraj ki yaad dila di #INDvWI
— Saini (@AkshitSaini5) December 8, 2019
— Alemlkr (@alemlkr93) December 8, 2019
— Namit Khanna (@NamitDsc) December 8, 2019
— తరుణ్ (@TarunC__) December 8, 2019
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