JANUARY 16, 2024
“Under the mentorship of MS Dhoni and with a stint at the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, Shivam Dube’s career experienced a remarkable resurrection.”
Shivam Dube, hailed as India’s premier six-hitter, showcased his T20 prowess with back-to-back half-centuries against Afghanistan, strengthening his case for the T20 World Cup 2024 selection. Dube’s explosive batting, especially against spinners, turned heads as he effortlessly dispatched deliveries to the boundary. The left-hander attributed his success to a valuable tip from MS Dhoni, who advised him against attacking short balls, a strategy that has proven transformative for the cricketer.
Former India player Abhinav Mukund revealed Dhoni’s counsel on Jio Cinema, emphasizing the simplicity of the advice: “Don’t attack the short ball.” In an interview after the second T20I, Dube expressed gratitude to Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings for their role in his stellar performance. Reflecting on his approach, Dube focused on continuous improvement and staying grounded, highlighting the importance of concentrating on the present moment.
During his unbeaten 63 in the second T20I, Dube displayed his power-hitting prowess, contributing to India’s comfortable chase of 173. Acknowledging his vulnerability to short deliveries, Dube disclosed extensive efforts to enhance his game against fast bowlers, crediting the IPL experience for exposing him to high-paced deliveries. He credited Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni, Stephen Fleming, and Mike Hussey for nurturing his talent, emphasizing the need to remain calm and composed, echoing Dhoni’s timeless approach as a finisher.