Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh feels young all-rounder Shivam Dube should be given a long rope by the Indian team management. Dube has come under the scanner following his lackluster performances with both bat and ball in the ongoing tour of New Zealand. He gave away 34 runs in one over in the fifth and final T20I of the series, and that was the most talked about thing from the game.
But Yuvraj feels Dube is talented and should be given time to play his natural game. He also said that first-choice all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be coming back into the team following a long injury layoff, so he should not be expected to perform well immediately.
“Shivam Dube I think is a good talent, but you have to give him time,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying by Sports360.
“Hardik is coming back from a back injury, and bowling fast after a back injury is going to be tough. So I don’t know how Hardik will turn out.
“Looking at Dube, you have to give the guy a bit of time and we will see in the future who comes out with the consistent performances.”
Dube, who plays for Mumbai Cricket Association and Royal Challengers Bangalore, has so far featured in 13 T20Is for India and scored just 105 runs. With the ball. He has scalped just five wickets at an economy rate of 10.04. There were a lot of expectations from Dube, given that he is a good performer in domestic cricket. He was touted to be India’s replacement for Hardik but so far, he has not done anything significant in international cricket.
As for Hardik, he has been of the best finds for Indian cricket in the recent past and a lot of things will be expected from him once he returns to the team from his injury.