Shivam Dube's Short-Ball Mastery Powers CSK to Victory

Shivam Dube’s Short-Ball Mastery Powers CSK to Victory

Shivam Dube’s remarkable transformation in handling short balls has been a key factor in Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) impressive start to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season. The burly Mumbai all-rounder, who was once vulnerable to the short-ball barrage, has now become a formidable force against it.

Dube’s newfound confidence and improved technique were evident in CSK’s 63-run victory over Gujarat Titans on Tuesday. He smashed five sixes in his 23-ball 51, showcasing his ability to clear the boundary with ease. This performance followed his unbeaten 34 in the opening win against Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he also displayed his improved short-ball handling.

The credit for Dube’s transformation goes in part to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the legendary former India captain and current CSK skipper. Dhoni has worked closely with Dube, providing him with guidance and support. The CSK management has also given Dube the freedom to express himself, allowing him to play his natural game.

“Just confidence. When he came here the management worked with him personally, Mahi bhai worked with him personally. He knows what role he is playing and which bowler to take on. A big plus for us,” said Gaikwad, praising Dube’s impact.

Dube himself acknowledged the support he has received from CSK. “This franchise (CSK) is something different from all others. They are giving me the freedom. They want me to do better and I also want to win some matches,” he said after winning the ‘Player of the Match’ award.

Dube’s improved short-ball handling has not only made him a more dangerous batsman but has also given CSK a valuable weapon in their bowling attack. With the new rule allowing two bouncers per over, Dube can now use his height and pace to trouble batsmen with short-pitched deliveries.

For CSK, Dube’s transformation is a testament to the team’s commitment to player development. The franchise has a history of nurturing young talent and helping them reach their full potential. Dube’s success is a shining example of this philosophy.

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