The current Indian team is facing a crunch when it comes to a decent fast-bowling all-rounder. Continuous injuries to Hardik Pandya has ruled his bowling out from the equation which has severed the headache for the team management. Consequently, Pandya has been dropped from the national side’s squad for the longer format for the upcoming England tour.
The ‘Men in Blue’ have also tried the likes of Shivam Dube and Vijay Shankar as well for this role in recent years. However, both failed to produce substantial performances to cement their positions. The duo also failed to impress during their stint with their respective franchises of Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021.
In a recent interview with Sportskeeda, Dube reckoned that he was satisfied with his performance with the bat and ball while playing for RCB in the last season. The Mumbai-born mentioned that he would have liked batting up the order but the captain and team management decided to use him as a finisher.
“Definitely I would have liked to have batted higher up the order at No.4 or No.5 for RCB. But it is something that the captain and management decide according to what is better for the team.
“I didn’t have a bad season (IPL 2020) since it was not easy to consistently hit 2-3 sixes at the death and I was also bowling in the middle-overs. Releasing me was the choice of the franchise and I am okay with whatever they decided. I have the satisfaction that whenever I was called upon to bowl or bat, I did well for RCB,” Dube said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
‘I definitely feel I will be a part of the future Indian team’: Dube
The 27-year old mentioned that India have Hardik Pandya but there’s always a need for another seam-bowling all-rounder. He also looked confident about making a comeback in the national colours in the coming years.
“You have Hardik Pandya, but you need to have one more all-rounder in the Indian team because getting a seaming all-rounder is always a difficult job. My job is to keep on performing and knocking on the door of the selectors. You see other countries playing 2-3 all-rounders because they always change the course of the game. I definitely feel I will be a part of the future Indian team. Playing more all-rounders will increase India’s chances of winning,” Dube signed off.
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