The 26-year old Shivam Dube, who is yet to make his debut for India’s senior national team, is already being compared to former allrounder Yuvraj Singh. On the eve of the 1st T20I against Bangladesh at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Dube underwent a rigorous net session where he was seen smashing the white ball much like how Yuvraj did in his prime.
Dube’s stance, backlift and even the swing caught the eye of fans who felt that the Mumbai allrounder can possibly be the next Yuvraj, best remembered for depositing six towering sixes into the stands off England fast bowler Stuart Broad on September 19, 2007.
BCCI posted a 20-second video of Dube in the nets where he looked to be smashing everything. Dube, who plied his trade with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) this year, came into the limelight when he hit five consecutive sixes in 2018 against Baroda in a Ranji Trophy game.
Here is the video posted by BCCI:
Here is how fans compared him with Yuvraj:
Going by the hint provided by India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma, Dube, in all probability would make his India debut at Delhi. “There are few young players. But for us, it is important not to focus too much on the opposition, but to focus on what we need to do as a team. We also have a young team and a lot of guys want to show what they are capable off. We would focus on that particular aspect more,” Rohit said.
Dube averaged 60 for India A in the four-day games against the West Indies and helped Mumbai reach the quarters in the Vijay Hazare, scoring 177 runs in 5 innings.