Twitterrati has mixed reactions to Shivam Dube making his ODI debut in Chennai

Twitterrati has mixed reactions to Shivam Dube making his ODI debut in Chennai

Shivam Dube has fared decently in T20Is so far.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India are playing the first of the three-match ODI series against West Indies at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Sunday. This is the team’s first 50-over affair at home since the World Cup and no wonder, the team is looking to give more chances to fringe players ahead of the T20 World Cup. In a bid to groom a backup all-rounder to Hardik Pandya, the Men in Blue handed the ODI debut to Shivam Dube.

The southpaw has come into the mix since the Bangladesh T20Is with the regular pace-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya injured. Dube scoring big with the bat in the domestic tournaments has also helped his cause. Rather, he has done well so far in the limited opportunities.

In fact, in the third T20I against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma banked on him to bowl four overs and Shivam Dube did an excellent job picking three wickets. He was also promoted to number three in the second T20I against the West Indies and Dube slammed his maiden half-century.

Can Shivam Dube replicate similar performances in ODIs?

The team management has continued to bank on Shivam Dube in the ODIs too and are giving him as much exposure as they can in the build-up to the World Cup next year. He is slated to bat at number seven in the series opener at the Chepauk and with the Men in Blue playing only four specialist bowlers, Dube will have to deliver with the ball as well. It will be interesting to see how he pulls up on his ODI debut.

Meanwhile, as far as the match is concerned, the visitors have won the toss and opted to field. However, Virat Kohli cleared at the toss that they were anyways going to bat first. India will also miss their premier players Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in this series who have been sidelined with injuries. This is a great opportunity for KL Rahul to prove his mettle with the bat.

Having said that, Shivam Dube will be in the spotlight and the young man will be under pressure to deliver the goods in his first ODI game.

Here’s how Twitter reacted: