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“Keep him around the T20 World Cup team” – Aakash Chopra on Shivam Dube
By SMCS - Mar 27, 2024 10:00 am
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Former India player turned commentator Aakash Chopra said that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Shivam Dube should be in India’s scheme of things for the 2024 T20 World Cup as well. However, Dube smashed a 23-ball 51 as CSK set the Gujarat Titans (GT) a 207-run target in their IPL 2024 clash in Chennai on Tuesday, March 26 and then restricted the visitors to 143/8 to register an emphatic 63-run win as well.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube played a fiery knock

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “Although I should talk about Ruturaj Gaikwad as well because he batted well and maturely after getting a life, I am going to go with Shivam Dube. How well is he playing. The number at which Shivam Dube bats, around No. 5 or No. 6, is there any Indian who hits sixes better than him?”

“He hits sixes into the stands while standing in his position. No one has that much strength and no one hits that consistently as well. He used to have a problem against short balls but it’s not there anymore. I do not see anything lacking at this point in time. Keep him around the T20 World Cup team. Whether it’s the grounds in Florida, New York or the Caribbean, the pitches are slow and the grounds are big. So you need a powerful batter there, which he actually is. So he is going to be in my scheme of things for the World Cup,” he again shared.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube took a fiery knock

However, Shivam Dube hit two fours and five sixes during his 51-run knock. He added a 57-run fourth-wicket partnership with Daryl Mitchell (24* off 20) also. Aakash Chopra also chose Deepak Chahar as the third standout performer in CSK’s win against the Titans. Chahar then trapped Shubman Gill LBW for a five-ball eight. He then dismissed Wriddhiman Saha (21 off 17) also.

“I am choosing Deepak Chahar as the third performer of the day. He first dismissed Shubman Gill. He got him out for the fourth time. He got Wriddhiman Saha out. The ball hit his helmet first and then he got caught in the deep. Deepak Chahar picking up wickets and CSK doing well goes hand in hand,” he concluded.