India is currently hosting Afghanistan for a 3-match T20I series. This is their last assignment in the white-ball format before the T20 World Cup 2024. The Men in Blue have already sealed the series after their 6-wicket win in the 2nd T20I at Indore. Rohit Sharma's side has shown a formidable show against the Afghans. Shivam Dube has been the star in both games for the side in the shortest format of the game.
The 30-year-old all-rounder has had a turnaround since his inclusion in the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as he played some match-winning innings for the Men in Yellow and helped them win the 2023 IPL as well. Since then he has made a comeback to the national side and performing well with the ball and the bat as well.
Ahead of the final and third T20I in Bengaluru, the former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has dropped a comment about the selection committee members of the side. The former World Cup winner believes that irrespective of Hardik’s availability, Dube can find a place in the Indian team during the mega tournament. He believes that it would be hard for the selectors to drop him if he continues with his purple patch.
We have been talking about him: Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar while speaking to Cricbuzz said, "We have been talking about him as, ‘Oh, listen, what if Hardik is unfit?’, I think what he is doing is making sure that even if Hardik is fit, he is on that plane in that World Cup squad. If you put in performances like this, it is very hard for anyone to drop you. It is going to be a really tough decision for the selectors if they decide to drop him. He is doing all that he can, which is giving the selectors a headache."
"I think he now feels that he belongs at the international level. He has got the appreciation and respect of his teammates because he put in two absolutely wonderful performances. I think he is just a lot more comfortable about his own game. He knows his own game better. He is not trying to copy anyone now. He is saying, This is what I can do and what I bring to the table."