Irfan Pathan Advocates for Shivam Dube’s Inclusion in T20 World Cup

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The former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has voiced his support for Shivam Dube to be included in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup 2024. This endorsement comes in the wake of Dube’s impressive performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

Shivam Dube, who is currently playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), has been in scintillating form. He has scored 148 runs in four matches at an average of 49.33 and a strike rate of 160.86. His whirlwind knock of 45 runs off 24 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has particularly caught the attention of cricket pundits.

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Irfan Pathan lauds Shivam Dube’s strategy against spinners

Irfan Pathan lauded Dube for his ability to play spin bowling effectively. He stated that Dube is “murdering the spinners” and doesn’t need to get set against them. This ability to take on spinners from the get-go is a valuable asset in the middle overs of a T20 game.

“I will be keeping a close eye on him. I would actually take him in the squad because he is murdering the spinners. He doesn’t need to go out there and try to get set. And we have seen this, in the last IPL, this IPL, against quality wrist spinners and finger spinners, if you have a quality batter like that, who not take advantage of him,” Pathan told Star Sports.

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Pathan also highlighted that Dube is not a bad batter against fast bowlers. He mentioned that Shivam Dube, hailing from Mumbai, is used to playing on bouncy pitches. This versatility makes Dube a valuable addition to the middle order of the Indian T20 team.

“And mind you, he is not a bad batter against fast bowlers as well. People forget that he comes from Mumbai and in Mumbai, you will see a lot of bounce as well. I definitely think he should be there. Who are the cricketers who can actually play in the middle overs? I can’t think of any other guy who comes even close at this moment when it comes to murdering the spinners,” Pathan added.

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Pathan’s endorsement of Shivam Dube for the T20 World Cup squad is not an isolated opinion. Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has also backed Dube to be India’s X-factor at the upcoming T20 World Cup. These endorsements reflect the high regard for Dube’s potential in the cricketing fraternity.

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Teja Devathoti
Teja Devathoti
Sports Content Writer at Swen Entertainment. Teja Devathoti has done his Bachelors in Commerce. He previously worked at Amazon as an associate in Operations. He has been a passionate follower of Cricket and other Sports since his childhood and this was the major reason to shift his career path to content creation because of its story-telling ability. He has a great desire to travel to all corners of the world covering various sports. Other than watching sports, Teja has a keen interest in Travelling, Music and Singing. His favourite cricket memory is India winning the 50 over World Cup and the great man Sachin Tendulkar achieving his biggest dream in his home ground.

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