Shivam Dube shines for Mumbai against Baroda with an aggressive 76-run knock
Dube could be a huge pick in the Auction.
Updated - Dec 17, 2018 9:06 pm
The promising Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube reiterated his big presence in India’s domestic cricket circuit on Monday by slamming seven sixes in an innings in the latest Ranji Trophy clash against Baroda at the Wankhede Stadium that ended in a draw.
Coming in at No. 8 on the final day of the game with his team in an unbeatable position, the 25-year-old all-rounder scored 76 off 60 balls and the explosive innings came on the eve of the auction of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League scheduled in Jaipur. Dube could be a big name to look for when the hammer starts striking on Tuesday.
Shivam Dube, who made his first-class debut only last year and is yet to play 10 games, has been in fantastic touch both with the bat and ball this season. Even though his team has failed to win a single match so far — drawing four and losing one of the five it has played – the flamboyant left-hander has scored 489 runs and picked 17 wickets in five games. His high scores in this Ranji season have been two hundreds – against Railways and Gujarat – while he picked a seven-wicket haul against Gujarat even though Mumbai lost the game.
Dube goes bonkers against Swapnil
Mumbai scored 465 runs in the first innings after Baroda won the toss and asked them to bat. India all-rounder Hardik Pandya made a comeback to competitive cricket in this game and took five wickets in the first innings. Baroda scored 436 in reply though Dube could take only one wicket. With a lead of 29 runs, Mumbai faced a batting collapse in the second innings and after Dube came out to bat at 180 for 6, the fireworks ensured.
Five of the eight sixes the left-hand batsman tonked were against left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh. Dube has smashed leg-spinner Praveen Tambe for five sixes in an over in the Mumbai T20 League earlier this year. It will be a dream come true for him if he finds a call from his home-based franchise Mumbai Indians for IPL 2019.