Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra lauded Shivam Dube’s six-hitting ability and picked the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batter among the Next Gen stars. Aakash Chopra believes that Shivam Dube can make his comeback to the Indian team based on his batting performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2023.

Shivam Dube impressed with his batting in the middle order for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2023. The left-handed batter scored 363 runs in 13 matches with an average of 40.33 and a strike rate of 157.14. However, the all-rounder hasn’t bowled a single delivery in the ongoing season.

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Perhaps Hitting The Best Sixes In The Tournament – Aakash Chopra

During an interaction, Aakash Chopra said that Shivam Dube played an aggressive brand of cricket in the IPL 2023, and he hit the best sixes in the tournament so far.

“It’s a very good name to be honest. I liked the way he batted. If India look to play that brand of T20 cricket then Shivam Dube should be there because he is hitting sixes. He is perhaps hitting the best sixes in the tournament so far. So add his name to that list as well,” Aakash Chopra told Hindustan Times.

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He Is Not Backing Away To The Fast Bowlers – Robin Uthappa

The veteran Indian batter Robin Uthappa highlighted that Shivam Dube improved his batting against the pacers and said that he has been a great player against spin bowlers. Uthappa said that MS Dhoni and the CSK team management gave him a lot of confidence to play with freedom.

“Dube has also worked a lot on his game and his fitness. You can see the effort from him compared to where he was last year. There were certain glaring issues as far as his batting against fast bowlers was concerned and that improvement is noticeable right from the beginning of the season to this point where you can see that he is not backing away to the fast bowlers,” Robin Uthappa said.

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“He is holding his position and sometimes even coming inside the line and playing the hook and pull shots and that takes a lot of courage. He has always been a great player of spin bowling and is a massive six-hitter,” he added.

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“And the fact that he has got the backing of the CSK franchise and MS Dhoni has given him lots of confidence. He is riding on that high. I think a lot of other franchises should learn this trick of how to convert a player from being good to great,” he concluded.

The MS Dhoni-led team will take on the Delhi Capitals (DC) in their next match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Saturday, May 20. The four-time IPL champions will advance to the knockout stages if they win their last group stage match.

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