IPL 2022: Shivam Dube turns from villain to hero for Chennai Super Kings, all in one week | Cricket news

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It’s been about a week since Shivam Dube became the villain for Chennai Super Kings fans. He had conceded 25 runs in the 19th over and CSK failed to protect 210 after being in charge for 38 overs. Had it been a different franchise, the pressure on Dube would have increased. But not if it’s CSK. On the contrary, the team management internally judged it was a mistake on their part to surrender the 19th to Dube and started treating him purely as a batsman. The results came quickly – a fast half-century against Punjab Kings was followed by a match-95* win against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Suddenly, the 28-year-old boy from Mumbai finds himself at the center of the conversation, and CSK insists that they chose him knowing about his abilities. “In general, MS Dhoni gets the biggest sixes in practice. But at the training camp in Surat, Shivam’s sixes were often comfortably 20-30 meters bigger than Dhoni’s. Shivam broke diamonds in the fourth tier of Surat stadium and we knew we had a gem,” a CSK source told TOI. unknown. He had once hit senior leggie Pravin Tambe five consecutive sixes in the Mumbai T20 match at the same venue where he knocked off on Tuesday. A similar performance also followed in Ranji Trophy, prompting RCB to pick him up at auction. But playing under Virat Kohli, the all-rounder couldn’t find his niche, even though he played 13 T20Is for India and failed to impress.


In Pics, IPL 2022 Match 22: Chennai defeated Bangalore to end losing streak

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Chennai Super Kings ended their four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 23-point victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. (BCCI/IPL photo)

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Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube made it 165 runs off 71 balls for the third wicket as Chennai scored 216/4. In response, Bangalore was restricted to 193/9. (BCCI/IPL photo)

Batted, Chennai fell to 36/2 after Ruturaj Gaikwad (17) was out lbw against Josh Hazlewood and Moeen Ali was out for 3. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)

Uthappa and Dube also started slow as Chennai scored just 60 runs in the first 10 overs. But the fireworks started soon after when Uthappa hit 9 sixes and 4 fours, while Dube hit 8 sixes and 5 fours. (ANI Photo/IPL Twitter)

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Uthappa made 50 from 33 balls to finish with 88 from 50 balls, while Dube scored 95 not from 46 balls, having reached his half-century off 30 balls, as their 150 run tally came from just 68 throws. (BCCI/IPL/PTI photo)

In reply Bangalore got off to a poor start and came back to 42/3 in six overs. (BCCI/IPL photo)

Maheesh Theekshana took 4/33, rejecting both openers Faf du Plessis (8) and Anuj Rawat (12). (BCCI/IPL/PTI photo)

Virat Kohli hollowed out Mukesh Choudhary for one run and the writing was on the wall for Bangalore. (BCCI/IPL photo)

Glenn Maxwell scored 26 off 11 balls, including two sixes, before Ravindra Jadeja bowled him. (BCCI/IPL photo)

Jadeja finished with 3/39 to record his first win as skipper of the Chennai Super Kings. (BCCI/IPL photo)

He could have easily become one of those Indian throwers floating around the domestic circuit but CSK management saw a spark in him especially after a match winning 64* he scored against the franchise for Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi. They chose him at the auction, believed in him and gave him confidence that he wouldn’t fall after one or two failures. “They gave me security. I always stand behind my game, I hit balls that I feel are there to be hit… I try to play my natural game,” said Dube after the RCB match. CSK management knows that Dube can be a killer against spider. That is why when RCB tried to strangle CSK with Wanindu Hasaranga, Glenn Maxwell and Shahbaz Ahmed, the southpaw was sent for Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja. And having played much of his T20 cricket at DY Patil Stadium, Dube knew exactly what to expect. “What I’ve been trying to do for a long time, I can now perform… My idea is not to think too much, back myself, keep my balance.”

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