Former Indian cricketer and Cricket expert Sunil Gavaskar has been all praises for a certain Shivam Dubey. As the IPL auctions are around the corner, Gavaskar has set his eyes on a local favorite.
Sunil Gavaskar deems Shivam Dubey to be an asset and that the franchises should have a lookout for him. The left-handed batsman has scored 364 runs in five innings at an average of 91.00 and has also claimed 12 wickets at an average of 16.75. Although Mumbai’s performance in this Ranji Trophy hasn’t been so well, Dubey has been a silver lining.
The Mumbai born 25-year-old Shivam Dubey has evolved as a prolific all-rounder through various stages of his cricketing career right since his Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) days. Toiling his way through the hard grind of the Harris Shield, Dubey has himself well shaped up for First-Class Cricket. Considered as the best platform for any aspiring youngster from Mumbai, the Harris Shield is more of a litmus test which either rises one to fame or breaks confidence all the day. The likes of Prithvi Shaw have their name etched on the record books of this league.
“One player who will definitely be on the radar of the scouts of the franchises, as well as the national selectors, is Shivam Dubey. Not since Yuvraj Singh and Sourav Ganguly has a left-hander hit the ball so cleanly and powerfully in Indian cricket,” Gavaskar wrote.
“That he is also a medium pacer is a huge plus and more than the franchises, the national selectors should be sitting and taking notice of this talent. He has scored two Ranji hundreds and also picked a fifer which is more than some who are considered indispensable to the Indian team have done. Besides being a left-hander, he also brings a variation that the team can do with,” he added.
A batting all-rounder, Shivam Dubey considers both elements of his role to be equally important. Playing in the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai he has proven himself each time to date, even in lost matches. Batting left-handed and bowling right-arm medium, he staged a dream debut as an all-rounder in the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season. In a crucial knockout against Karnataka last year, he a fleet-footed 71 and also bagged a five-wicket haul. Thus, enhancing his reputation as an efficient all-rounder. Although Mumbai were knocked out of that game, Dubey started off afresh in this Ranji season scoring a mature 139-ball 114 against the Railways. In Mumbai’s latest match, against Karnataka, he claimed 7 wickets in one inning. He has also represented Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali and the Vijay Hazare trophies. He showcased a brisk all-rounder performance as Mumbai rose as champions in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this year.
Shivam Dubey remained unsold in the previous IPL auctions but gained a significant reputation in the Mumbai T20 league this year. He was recruited for a whopping 5 crores by Shivaji Park Lions as their most expensive player. His ability to hit sixes with insane ease which “comes natural” to him, is derived from a religious knocking practice during childhood. With all of these events unfolded, there’s a fair chance that one of the IPL teams looking for a reliable all-rounder will lay hands on this Mumbaikar.