Shivam Dube’s after Raina’s ‘Dhoni’ remark. Dube on Thursday smashed a match-winning 60* to help India beat Afghanistan by six wickets in Mohali.

Under similar circumstances in 2020, Shivam Dube last got a stretch of opportunities in T20I cricket. India was in dire need of a back-up for Hardik Pandya and the left-hander failed to impress back then. Dube, thereafter, awaited the big India moment with the T20 World Cup 2024 in sight and it eventually happened on Thursday when he smashed a match-winning 60* to help India beat Afghanistan by six wickets in Mohali.

Dube made an India return last year in the tour of Ireland, where he played only a single innings and another more during the Asian Games campaign. He recalled back for the series against Australia at home but was the only member of the squad to have not bagged an appearance. The 30-year-old was later dropped for the series against South Africa.

Shivam Dube's after Raina's 'Dhoni' remark
Shivam Dube’s after Raina’s ‘Dhoni’ remark

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Hardik’s Back-Up: Shivam Dube’s after Raina’s ‘Dhoni’ remark

With India yet to solve their crisis over finding Hardik’s back-up, an area that has often troubled them in ICC events, the Mumbai all-rounder called back for the Afghanistan series, the team’s final assignment before the T20 World Cup, and Dube batted at No.4 in the opening game. He scored an unbeaten 40-ball 60, laced with five boundaries and two maximums, as India chased down the target of 159 with 15 balls to spare.

In addition to proving his batting prowess, Dube also picked up a wicket in his two-over spell, conceding nine just nine runs. And it seemed was the aspect Dube was most waiting for in his bid to showcase his all-around abilities.

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Dube’s Impressive Bowling Performance Excites

“I waiting for my opportunity in bowling. I finally got it today and performed well,” he said in the post-match interaction on Jio Cinemas.

Former India cricketer Suresh Raina, who was part of the discussion, added: “Mahi bhai dekha abhi, Chennai me iska teen over pakke hain (Dhoni just saw his performance and is hence guaranteed three overs of bowling in Chennai).”

Dube burst into laughter before making a request to Dhoni saying, “Mahi bhai, sun lo aap (Dhoni, please listen to this).”

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