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Gilchrist calls this player ‘dark horse’ for India’s T20 WC squad

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NEW DELHI: In the excitement surrounding the impending announcement of India’s T20 World Cup squad, one name has emerged as a captivating dark horseShivam Dube. The all-rounder’s stellar performances for CSK in IPL 2024 have not only propelled his team but also caught the attention of cricket pundits and former players, who see him as a potential game-changer on the international stage.

Dube’s impact for CSK this season has been undeniable. As the side’s star batter, he has amassed an impressive tally of 245 runs in seven matches, emerging as their highest run-scorer with a staggering strike rate of 157.05. With notable contributions including two half-centuries and a highest score of 66*, Dube’s consistency and power-hitting prowess have been key factors in CSK’s campaign.

Former Australian cricketer and wicketkeeping maestro Adam Gilchrist recently endorsed Dube as his dark horse pick for India’s T20 World Cup squad during an interview with Cricbuzz.

Gilchrist praised Dube’s irresistible form and highlighted his ability to take on both spin and pace bowling with confidence and finesse.

“Shivam Dube, I think his form is irresistible,” Gilchrist remarked. “He’s taken on spin bowling, which we’ve known and witnessed for a while. But he’s taking on the quick bowlers. He seems to be confident in his shot selection all around the ground.”

Gilchrist further emphasized Dube’s all-round talent, suggesting that his bowling skills could add depth to the Indian team if utilized effectively.

Despite limited bowling opportunities, Gilchrist expressed optimism about Dube’s potential impact in the T20 World Cup, urging the team management to consider maximizing his bowling contributions in the nets.

“If they get the message to him, to make sure he is at least bowling a lot in the nets…he is too irresistible as a talent, an all-round talent to not take to the World Cup,” Gilchrist added.

With the Ajit Agarkar-led selection committee facing mounting pressure to assemble a formidable squad for the showpiece event, the inclusion of Shivam Dube as a dark horse candidate adds an intriguing dimension to the selection process.

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