IPL 2021: RR’s Shivam Dube ‘completely floored with Kumar Sangakkara’s presence’

IPL 2021: RR's new recruit Shivam Dube feels Kumar Sangakkara at Rajasthan Royals can help him become a better left-handed-batsman.
IPL 2021: RR's new recruit Shivam Dube feels Kumar Sangakkara at Rajasthan Royals can help him become a better left-handed-batsman.

IPL 2021: RR’s Shivam Dube feels Kumar Sangakkara at Rajasthan Royals can help him become a better left-handed-batsman- Rajasthan Royals’ new recruit Shivam Dube wants to make the most out of the lifetime opportunity to learn from RR’s Director of Cricket and Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara in IPL 2021. He said that the veteran has played a lot of cricket and can provide him valuable tips to improve his game to become a better left-handed-batsman.

“… he (Sangakkara) has played a lot of cricket and he is going to watch me and going to tell me what I need to add in my game to improve and to be a better left-handed batsman,” Dube told PTI.

IPL 2021: RR’s Shivam Dube ‘completely floored with Kumar Sangakkara’s presence’

“Many things would be there, but from a batting perspective, it would be more from my side to get some extra tips from Sanga (Sangakkara), so I can perform well in the tournament,” he added.

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“First of all … if I am playing for any team, I just expect my team and myself to aim for the trophy. I don’t expect (anything personally)…because as a professional you know what you want and what teams will give you, what roles you have to play and that you will get from the coach…,” he further said.

“The one thing I would always be grateful is that I will be playing for Rajasthan and they will be trusting me a lot.”

IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals Shivam Dube ‘completely floored with Kumar Sangakkara’s presence’

The all-rounder added that he wants to win the title for the franchise this season. Dube, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore for the past two seasons, was bought by RR at the auctions for Rs 4.4 crores in February. Dube also said that he is ready to play any role the team wants him to.

“I think, I have played at many positions, so I don’t care much about what I can do, I care much about what teams needs from me,” 27-year-old Dube told news agency PTI.

“So if they want me to bat up the order, I can bat at any number, early in the innings, and if they want me as a finisher in any game, I can do that also.

“I have played the roles in many formats, like many tournaments of the IPL and domestic and Indian teams also, so I am really free about that.”

Shivam Dube has played 15 IPL matches in which he scalped 4 wickets and scored 169 runs.

IPL 2021: RR’s Shivam Dube ‘completely floored with Kumar Sangakkara’s presence’

Rajasthan Royals had won the inaugural title in 2008. They will start their IPL 2021 campaign against Punjab Kings on April 12.

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