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AB de Villiers Praises Shivam Dube’s Transformation At CSK
By CricShots - Mar 27, 2024 3:39 pm
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Shivam Dube’s explosive innings in Chennai Super Kings’ victory over Gujarat Titans has brought him into the spotlight, earning him the Player of the Match award. Reflecting on his performance, the Mumbai all-rounder highlighted the unique environment fostered by the CSK franchise, which has allowed him the freedom to excel.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube

Having debuted in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2019, Dube’s initial seasons were marked by modest performances. However, since joining CSK, he has experienced a resurgence, becoming a formidable presence in the lower order. With an impressive strike rate of 158.40, Dube has amassed 792 runs in 27 matches for CSK, showcasing his ability to accelerate the innings.

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In a post-match interview following the CSK vs GT clash, Dube expressed gratitude towards the CSK management for their supportive environment. “This franchise is different from all others. This franchise is giving me the freedom, and I also want to win some matches for them,” remarked Dube. He emphasized his readiness to face challenges, particularly against short-pitched deliveries, a strategy opponents often employ against him.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers

Former RCB teammate AB de Villiers endorsed Dube’s sentiments, acknowledging the transformative impact of the CSK setup. De Villiers noted that Dube, who struggled to find his rhythm at RCB, has flourished under the guidance of MS Dhoni and the CSK coaching staff. “It’s fantastic to see Shivam like this. He never really broke free in the RCB changing room,” AB de Villiers remarked.

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De Villiers attributed Dube’s newfound confidence to the conducive atmosphere cultivated by CSK, where players are encouraged to express themselves freely. He praised the franchise’s consistent success and its ability to nurture talent effectively, enabling players like Dube to thrive on the big stage.

Overall, Dube’s resurgence with CSK not only underscores his individual growth but also highlights the franchise’s distinct approach to player development, setting them apart from their competitors in the IPL circuit.