IPL 2021- Shivam Dube looking forward to start his innings with the Royals

Rajasthan Royals acquired the service of the young all-rounder Shivam Dube in the IPL auction 2021 for Rs. 4.4 Crore. The Mumbai born cricketer is well set for the task at hand and is looking forward to start his new innings with the Royals under Kumar Sangakkara, who has been appointed as the Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket, and star all-rounder Ben Stokes.

“It feels really good to be part of the Rajasthan Royals. I am really excited to play alongside Sanju Samson. He is one of my very good friends in the Indian cricket team. I know him really well. Our side looks strong and I am sure we will lift the trophy this time,” Dube told TOI in an exclusive interview.

“I learnt a lot at RCB. The experience was huge. Virat has a lot of experience. He is one of the best cricketers in the world. He is currently at the highest level of cricket. I have learnt a lot from him,” Dube, who played two seasons of the IPL for RCB further said.

Speaking about his thoughs on Sangakkara, Dube added  “I am excited to play under the guidance of Kumar Sangakkara. He is a legend of the game. I am looking forward to learning and taking some cricketing tips from him. He is one of the greatest left-handers I have seen. I want to ask him how he used to prepare himself ahead of a big game as a batsman. He has dominated all the formats of the game. I am looking forward to learning a lot of things from a legend like him.”

Sivam Dube feels that feels that the Rajasthan Royals are well placed this season because they have the services of a number of all-rounders. “Having all-rounders in the team always benefits the team. It is going to be really exciting. We (Stokes, Morris, Dube) are three all-rounders which means the captain will have more all-round player options. Sanju can have more options in both bowling and batting. I have played with Chris Morris. He is an amazing all-rounder. I am really looking forward to sharing a spot in the playing XI with Ben Stokes. Stokes is one of the greatest all-rounders. I am sure I will learn a lot from him,” Dube said.

Dube has already represented India in1 ODI and 13 T20Is. He made his debut in the Indian team against Bangladesh in November 2019. There has been a lot of comparisons with the legendary Yuvraj Singh soon after he made his debut in the Indian side. He played his last international match against New Zealand in February 2020.

When asked about the possibility of India comeback for the ICC T20 World Cup squad, Dube said: “It is going to be a huge challenge to make a comeback to the Indian side. There’s a lot of competition currently. But I am working very hard. I have a dream to play in a World Cup and win the trophy for my country. I am preparing myself to try and get back into the Indian side.”

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