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I will try to match up with Virat Kohli Sir, says ecstatic Shivam Dube

He was picked by the RCB for a hefty amount of Rs 5 crores.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Even before the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction started, many knew that one of the upcoming stars in the country Shivam Dube will certainly get a bid. He was setting the stage on fire in Ranji Trophy season and had also done well with both bat and ball in Mumbai T20 League earlier this year. Eventually, Dube went for a hefty amount of Rs 5 crores after the bidding started at the base price of Rs 20 lakhs as three teams went for him.

Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) got engaged in an intense bidding war to secure his services. While the Delhi franchise left in the middle, Mumbai looked keen on getting the local player in their team. However, the RCB didn’t leave him and finally managed to secure Dube’s services for the upcoming season.

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Was tensed during the auction

No wonder there was a Diwali like feeling in Shivam Dube’s house after he got picked by the Virat Kohli-led RCB. His family and friends were elated with the same. Though the 25-year-old admitted that he was tensed when his name was announced by the auctioneer. “Yes, there was some tension as I was in the reckoning in the last couple of years as well but I didn’t get picked. But I have done well this year and was hoping for some team to pick me,” he said while speaking to ESPNCricinfo.

Shivam also went on to say that his family and friends supported him a lot and were praying for him during the auction. “Everybody was praying for me and finally I was picked by RCB. Everyone suggested me to remain calm before the auction. Even in the Mumbai dressing room, my team-mates told me to focus on my game and I will get picked in the IPL,” the wonderboy added.

Dube is even more excited to play under Virat Kohli who leads the RCB and clarified that the price tag won’t deter him much as he enjoys playing the game. “I am going to take my fitness to another level ahead of the IPL but will now concentrate on Ranji games. I will try to match up with Virat Kohli sir.

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