Shivam Dube earned his maiden India call-up for the three-match series against Bangladesh, slated to begin from Sunday in Delhi.
Dube got a call from the selectors after his back to back brilliant performances in domestic cricket. And ahead of the first T20I, a 20-second video of Dube hitting very hard in the nets left fans ecstatic.
The left-handed batsman was seen going all-out in the practice session where he displayed his high backlift while playing some big shots. His backlift was similar to that of former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and some fans felt “Dube can be the next Yuvi”.
All-rounder Dube can also bowl spin, something which Yuvraj used to do on a part-time basis.
Seems like next yuvi..
— Ajay Yadav (@AjayYadavmbamec) November 2, 2019
Shadow of Yuvraj Singh
— Md Irshad Alam (@MDIRSHADALAM80) November 2, 2019
i see yuvi.
— lazybong (@Ari43990376) November 2, 2019
— Paras Mehta (@parascm) November 2, 2019
That high back lift… #Yuvi😍🔥🔥
— Cricket Fanatic🏏 (@cric8fanatic) November 2, 2019
— imran khan (@twitiuk) November 2, 2019
Yes.bat swing similar to yuvi
— sureshk (@suresh2461) November 2, 2019
Looks like Yuvraj Singh 2.0 version👍👌
— Kiran Kumar (@akiran123) November 2, 2019
Next Yuvraj Singh is coming.
— Sachin Agarwal (@agarwalsachinsk) November 2, 2019
Yuvi Batting Style
— Kishor Boopathi (@Boopathi7Kishor) November 2, 2019
I see a lot glism of yuvi paaji, in dube shot & timings😍 @YUVSTRONG12
— Nilesh Kumar Bajaj (@rnilesh11) November 2, 2019
Meanwhile, India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma on Saturday indicated that 26-year-old Dube could be handed his debut cap when the hosts take on Bangladesh in the series opener.
While the skipper spoke highly of young Dube and Sanju Samson, he acknowledged the Kerala wicket-keeper’s experience.
Rohit said one of the two players could be seen in the playing XI and the way he backed young wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant, it was clear that most likely it will Dube who will get his India cap.
“We will assess now and probably a bit before the game as well. But both (Sanju and Dube) are definitely in the fray. One of them might definitely play. You might see in playing XI. All doors are open for everyone. Anyone might come into the playing XI any moment,” said the 31-year-old at the pre-match press conference.