‘Someone like Yuvi Paa is still a role model’: Shivam Dube responds on Yuvraj Singh comparisons after RCB win

Shivam Dube: The versatile player for Chennai Super Kings had a career best move in the Indian Premier League last night.

Shivam Dube, an all-around player for Chennai Super Kings, considers contributing to a winning cause an “honour” for himself. Dube’s career-best IPL shot, a 46-ball 95* featuring five fours and eight sixes, played a starting role in a 165-point partnership with Robin Uthappa (88) to propel the team to 216/4 in 20 overs after being asked to strike first by Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis last night.

The Super Kings, who had never lost their first four games of an IPL season until this year, were in dire need of a win. Having secured a run of 23 at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy now, the Super Kings are out of contention when it comes to the points table.

“We were looking for the first victory and I’m really happy to have contributed to the team. It’s an honor for me,” Dube said. Featured Sports after winning his first Player of the Match award in the IPL.

Shivam Dube responds on comparisons with Yuvraj Singh

In what is his fourth IPL season (first at CSK), Dube is set to make it his best. In five innings so far, Dube’s 207 runs have averaged and hit rate at 51.75 and 176.92 with the help of two half-centuries. In the process, Dube reached second and third position on the IPL 2022 High Scorer and Highest Six lists respectively.

Asked about any specific changes to his batting, Dube emphasized ‘focus’, ‘timing’ and spoke to former CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“I’m more focused this time and I’m focusing on the basics. I spoke to a lot of old people, Mahi bay [MS Dhoni] also helped me improve the game. He said, “Just be focused, stay still, just let the skill work in the game.” I really wanted to time the ball well. I tried to keep the balance,” added Dube.

Dube, a big, hard-hitting left-handed batsman, has all the traits to receive comparisons to former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, especially when playing the way he played in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday. Calling Yuvraj a “role model,” Dube admitted he’s heard that compliment in the past.

“Yuvi paa [Yuvraj Singh] is still a model for a left-hander. A lot of people have told me that I beat like him. Always respect from me [that] I play like him,” concluded Dube.

Rebecca R. Santistevan