Shivam Dube's Resurgence Earns Him T20 World Cup Call-Up

Shivam Dube's Resurgence Earns Him T20 World Cup Call-Up

Shivam Dube's remarkable resurgence has culminated in his inclusion in India's T20 World Cup squad. The Mumbai all-rounder's blistering form in the ongoing IPL season, where he has amassed 350 runs in nine matches at an astonishing strike rate of 172.41, has propelled him into contention as India's potential batting enforcer.

However, Dube's career trajectory took a significant turn thanks to the intervention of Mumbai chief selector Raju Kulkarni. During the 2022-23 domestic season, Dube played a pivotal role in Mumbai's Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 triumph, scoring 186 runs and claiming eight wickets. Despite his impressive performances, he was overlooked for both the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Ranji Trophy.

As a result, Dube's chances of selection for the Deodhar Trophy seemed slim. However, Kulkarni, who chaired the West Zone selection meeting, vehemently advocated for his inclusion. Despite opposition from other state selectors, Kulkarni argued that Dube deserved an opportunity based on his past performances for India and Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.

Kulkarni's persistence paid off, and Dube was eventually selected for the Deodhar Trophy. He justified his inclusion with a solid performance, scoring 119 runs and taking three wickets. This led to his selection for the Indian team for the Ireland T20Is, where he continued to impress.

Dube's resurgence culminated in his selection for the Asian Games in China, where he excelled for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, scoring 407 runs and taking 12 wickets. His consistent performances throughout the season have earned him a well-deserved place in India's T20 World Cup squad.

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