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Ravi Shastri expects big-hitting Dube to play a key role for India at T20 World Cup
May 07, 2024 11:56 am

Divya Delhi:  Former India coach Ravi Shastri expects big-hitting Shivam Dube to set the T20 World Cup alight and says the 30-year-old batting all-rounder will be key to India's hopes of racking up big totals in the tournament next month. Dube, who is also a handy medium pacer, has established himself as one of the most destructive middle-order batters in the IPL, the Chennai Super Kings player scoring 350 runs in 11 matches at a 170-plus strike rate this season.

Shastri said that while the left-handed batter is particularly effective against spinners he had nailed down his batting approach against pace.He's understood the way to play and I think he holds the key at that number five-six position because if you're in the doldrums, you want someone to change it in 20-25 balls, he's the player to go to," he addedThe strike rate of India's top order, which includes skipper Rohit Sharma and stalwart Virat Kohli, has been something of a concern and a fiery middle-order could be crucial to India's hopes of winning a second T20 World Cup title.