“If his bowling is the way he talks about it, he’s like Kapil Dev” – Stephen Fleming applauds Shivam Dube
By SMCS - Jun 5, 2024 8:50 am
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Former New Zealand captain and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming shared how Shivam Dube worked on his bowling during the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. He is now a part of the Team India squad for the 2024 T20 World Cup and he could play a role with the ball as well.

However, Dube played the role of the seam-bowling all-rounder for India during the build-up to the T20 World Cup in the absence of their key all-rounder Hardik Pandya. He also bowled consistently in the home series against Afghanistan but managed only a solitary over in the 2024 IPL as well. But he bowled three overs in the warm-up encounter against Bangladesh recently and did well too.

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“If his bowling is the way he talks about it, he’s like Kapil Dev. He has been working really hard. He worked hard through the IPL. We had a number of players that could do the all-round role, and again, with the impact player rule, it actually diminishes the role of an all-rounder or a part-time bowler who bats well, which is bit of a shame” Stephen Fleming said on ESPNcricinfo.

Shivam Dube

“He’s been doing his bowling, he has had his loads up. He can be awkward (to face) in the right conditions, which you’d say would be a little bit slow, where his cutters and change of pace could play a part. He can play a part, he can do a job and he has worked very hard on it,” Fleming further shared.

However, India will begin their ICC T20 World Cup 2024 journey on June 5 against Ireland.