Shivam Dube: I have natural power and I work on that

A fan of Jacques Kallis, Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube will rely on natural power in the maiden international gig.

Mumbai batsman Shivam Dube en route his ton against Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.   -  SUDHAKARA JAIN

 

Shivam Dube idolises South Africa legend Jacques Kallis. The young all-rounder from Mumbai — who broke into India’s T20I squad for the series against Bangladesh — wants to be a ‘complete cricketer’ like Kallis.

Having played in Mumbai all his life, Dube isn’t a traditional ‘khadoos’ Mumbai cricketer. Rather, he loves playing his shots and wants to dominate over the opponents with his attacking style of play.

“I have natural power and I work on that. My father (Rajesh Dube) always wanted to make me an aggressive batsman and that became my lifestyle and I love power-hitting,” said Dube after being named in the India squad.

The 26-year-old all-rounder had hit the headlines last year as he hammered five sixes in as many deliveries in a Ranji Trophy fixture against Baroda. That particular innings did help him find a place in the Indian Premier League, as he was picked by the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 5 crore.

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Though the young all-rounder could only manage to score 40 runs from four games and went wicketless, he made his presence felt in the List A matches against South Africa. The southpaw scored 155 in four matches and also amassed 177 runs for Mumbai, inclusive of a century against Karnataka, in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

When in doubt, Dube talks to Kohli. “He (Virat) always helped and supported me. If I am under pressure or face any problem, I speak to him (Virat) and he always makes me understand…” Dube said.

Now that he has broken into the big league, Dube knows that the competition will be tough. “I will continue to work hard and I haven’t thought about (my goals). At the moment, I am happy... As an all-rounder I need to be there with my 100 per cent and good fitness and I will be there,” he said.

A few years ago, Dube had almost made up his mind to quit cricket after he was left out of the Mumbai U-23 squad. But his family motivated him to stick around. There were financial woes, but with his elder brother backing him, Dube decided to give it another shot.

“The financial condition was tough and my brother backed me to the core,” Dube said.

“I dedicate this especially to my dad, who always supported me and it was his dream to see me play for India,” he added.

Even national chief selector MSK Prasad believes that Dube is a phenomenal talent with a bright future.

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