Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube found his place in the Indian T20I squad after making his debut against Bangladesh in the recently concluded series. While Dube didn’t get the chance to show his power-hitting skills much, the left-handed all-rounder did bowl a few good spells with the ball. However, there has been a divided perception that either India is looking to play both Dube and Hardik Pandya in the same XI, given the World T20 will take place in Australia, or that the left-hander will replace the younger Pandya given his injury track record. Dube, who has now earned his maiden ODI call-up – for the series against West Indies – doesn’t think that it is an opportunity to replace Hardik and is only thinking about doing well for India.
"I don't think it's an opportunity to replace Hardik but I think I have got a chance and I will try to do well for my country. I have got a job for my country and I will try to do that better," Dube said in the pre-match presser in Hyderabad.
"Everyone is supporting me. The support from the captain and the team management was really good for me. They gave me a lot of confidence. So, I feel really happy and relaxed in the dressing room," Dube said.
Dube, who was once deemed overweight by the critics, has worked extremely hard on his fitness and the youngster thinks fitness is a key aspect, a difficult one, to be a good all-rounder. He also is confident about his bowling and is preparing himself for different conditions. to become a better bowler.
"It's always difficult being an all-rounder. Most important for me is to maintain my fitness levels because as an all-rounder, you need to both bat and bowl. So, maintaining fitness is really a difficult job," he said.
"I am very confident in my bowling. In T20 games, every bowler gets a bad as well as a good game. So, I try to prepare myself in very good situations and I feel that I can be a proper bowler who can bowl four overs. I have done that job," he added.
The left-handed all-rounder feels West Indies are a good side in the shortest format of the game but India, being the world’s best team in the world, will bag the series.
"They (West Indies) have got a good T20 side but we have prepared very nicely. I think India is the best team in world cricket and we will win the series," he said