RCB vs CSK: "I am ready to bat anywhere," says Player of the match Shivam Dube

The 28-year-old cricketer Shivam Dube said that he is ready to bat at any position where the team needs him

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Ever since Shivam Dube landed in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) dugout, he has been a different beast altogether. The young all-rounder has churned out runs at will and at a good strike rate. Dube was in prime form against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), smacking an unbeaten 95 off just 46 balls, decorated with five boundaries and eight towering sixes.

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Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube during their partnership of 155 runs

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The youngster has lived up to his true potential having batted at No.4 for CSK this season. It has allowed him some time to get settled down and play his shots, unlike his previous teams where he had to unleash his shots from ball one.

However, Dube said that he is ready to bat at any position where the team needs him.

"Definitely, as the situation demands, as the coaches demand if they want me to come up and down the order. I am ready to bat anywhere."

said Shivam Dube, at the post-match presentation ceremony

The 28-year-old cricketer highlighted that it is the learnings from MS Dhoni that have helped him play to his potential.

"Mahi bhai helped me to improve the game. He said I have a good base and should just focus on being still and just let the skill work in the game. I just wanted to time the ball well and try to maintain my balance."

Shivam Dube on MS Dhoni at the post-match presentation ceremony

"Someone like Yuvi Paa is always a role model": Shivam Dube

Dube's high bat lift and ability to hit long sixes have often been compared to former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh. The cricketer from Mumbai stressed that the World Cup winner has been a role model for him.

"Someone like Yuvi Paa is always a role model. Many people have told me I play like him."

Dube on his role model Yuvraj Singh

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After a slow start that saw CSK muster only 60 runs in the first 10 overs, Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa changed gears in the second half of the innings. Meanwhile, they accumulated 156 runs in the final 10 overs to post 216 on the board at the end of their 20 overs.

Meanwhile, the CSK bowlers did a good job of backing the batters. Maheesh Theekshana was the pick of the bowlers, returning with four wickets. Moreover, skipper Ravindra Jadeja picked up three as CSK restricted RCB to 193 runs, securing their first victory by 23 runs.

"Happy that contributed to the first win for the team. I think I am more focused this time. Focusing on the basics."

Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Shivam Dube said

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Dube is currently the second-highest run-scorer in IPL 2022 with 207 runs in five games at an average of 51.75.

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