Shivam Dube's Resurgence: CSK's Midas Touch Unlocks Potential

Shivam Dube’s Resurgence: CSK’s Midas Touch Unlocks Potential

Shivam Dube’s resurgence under the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has been a testament to the franchise’s ability to unlock the potential of underperforming players. After struggling to find his footing with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals, Dube has flourished in CSK’s batting lineup, becoming a key contributor to their success.

CSK’s clear role definition for Dube has been instrumental in his transformation. The team has given him the freedom to attack spin bowlers without hesitation, a strategy that has paid dividends. Last season, Dube smashed 57 sixes, including 35 against spin, the most by any Indian player in IPL history.

Dube’s improvement against the short ball has been another crucial factor in his success. Once a weakness, he has now become a confident player who can not only handle bouncers but also find boundaries off them. CSK batting coach Mike Hussey credits Dube’s tireless work ethic for this improvement.

CSK skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad revealed that former India and CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has closely monitored Dube’s progress against the short ball. Dhoni’s guidance and the supportive environment at CSK have played a significant role in Dube’s development.

AB de Villiers, who played alongside Dube at RCB, believes that the CSK environment has allowed Dube to thrive. “He never really broke free in the RCB changing room,” said de Villiers. “He talks about being free in CSK, and that is the magic recipe that MSD, Gaikwad, Fleming, and all the guys from the past have set up over there.”

Dube’s resurgence is a testament to CSK’s ability to identify and nurture talent. The franchise has a long history of getting the best out of players who have struggled elsewhere, including Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, and Tushar Deshpande.