Rajasthan Royals’ new-recruit Shivam Dube is looking to make the most out of the opportunity to learn from Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara, who was appointed as team’s director of cricket ahead of the IPL 2021 season.
The southpaw has reckoned that Sangakkara, also a left-hand batsman in his playing days, can help him improve his game by suggesting him to make the required adjustments.
“… he (Sangakkara) has played a lot of cricket and he is going to watch me and going to tell me what I need to add in my game to improve and to be a better left-handed batsman.
“Many things would be there, but from a batting perspective, it would be more from my side to get some extra tips from Sanga (Sangakkara), so I can perform well in the tournament,” Shivam Dube told PTI.
Dube aiming to lift the trophy with Rajasthan Royals
The former RCB player, who was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 4.4 crore in the IPL 2021 auction in February, is aiming to win the trophy with the 2008 champions. The 27-year-old wants to deliver on the trust the franchise has put in him.
“First of all … if I am playing for any team, I just expect my team and myself to aim for the trophy. I don’t expect (anything personally)…because as a professional you know what you want and what teams will give you, what roles you have to play and that you will get from the coach…
“The one thing I would always be grateful is that I will be playing for Rajasthan and they will be trusting me a lot,” Dube stated.
Shivam Dube ready to bat at any position for RR
With all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Morris also in the team, it will be interesting to see the role Shivam Dube will play for Rajasthan. Dube is confident about batting at any position for Sanju Samson’s team and his only focus for now is to fulfill the role which the management assigns him.
“I think, I have played at many positions, so I don’t care much about what I can do, I care much about what teams needs from me,” 27-year-old Dube told news agency PTI.
“So if they want me to bat up the order, I can bat at any number, early in the innings, and if they want me as a finisher in any game, I can do that also.
“I have played the roles in many formats, like many tournaments of the IPL and domestic and Indian teams also, so I am really free about that.”
Shivam Dube was Mumbai’s top-scorer in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 2020-21 with 161 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 138.79.
Rajasthan Royals will kickstart their IPL 2021 campaign against Punjab Kings on April 12.