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CSK’s Shivam Dube for T20 World Cup? India’s ex-WC winners call for inclusion

CSK’s Shivam Dube for T20 World Cup? India’s ex-WC winners call for inclusion

Shivam Dube should travel to the USA to the West Indies for the T20 World Cup 2024 later this year, according to calls made by former winners of the T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan.

Shivam Dube has been on fire in the ongoing IPL 2024. His red-hot form continued with a powerful 45 off just 24 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). While his knock came in a losing cause, he became the Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) leading run-scorer with 148 runs. This has also garnered him praise and World Cup selection backing from two T20 World Cup champions for India – Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan.

Particularly, Yuvraj was left extremely impressed by Dube and took to his X (formerly known as Twitter) to endorse Dube’s selection for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. Just after the CSK’s left-hander’s fiery knock in Hyderabad, Yuvraj wrote, “Good to watch @IamShivamDube clearing the field with ease !! I feel he has to be in the World Cup squad . Has got the skill to be the #gamechanger #CSKvsSRH #IPLT20“.

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Dube’s consistent run with the bat, including scores of 34*, 51, 18, and 45 in CSK’s four outings so far. This has put him in strong contention for a World Cup berth. With his ability to score quickly and clear the boundaries with ease, Dube could be a valuable asset to the Indian batting lineup.

Dube way ahead of anyone in Indian cricket: Irfan Pathan

Adding his voice to the conversation, Irfan Pathan, urged the selectors to watch Shivam Dube closely. The former pace-bowling all-rounder feel that the management should consider taking the 30-year-old to the flight to the West Indies and USA later this year. The former CSK player took to his X account and wrote, “Right now Shivam Dube is way ahead of any one in Indian cricket as far as spin hitting ability is concern! Indian selectors should keep a close eye on him for the World Cup.”

Dube has been a vital cog in CSK’s batting line-up this season. His ability to accelerate the scoring rate in the middle overs and bash rigorously against spinners adds a valuable dimension to their batting. With the T20 World Cup approaching, his red-hot form will surely be attracting attention from the national selectors. Whether he can translate his IPL success into a World Cup berth remains to be seen, but his current form is undoubtedly making a strong case.

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