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Shivam Dube Does Not Wishes To Replace Hardik Pandya

After a pretty amazing home series against Bangladesh, India will now be locking horns with West Indies at home in three T20Is and as many ODIs. The limited-overs series will begin with the first T20I match scheduled on December 6. India’s premier all-rounder Hardik Pandya is yet to recover from his back injury and this has opened the doors for young Shivam Dube as he earned his maiden ODI call-up for the upcoming West Indies series.

Dube had a pretty decent debut T20I series recently against Bangladesh as he bowled a crucial decisive spell in the third and final T20I match that helped India win the series. Dube will now be aiming to cement his place in the scheme of things for next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. During a recent interview, the all-rounder noted that he has got a job for his country and will try to do that well.

“I don’t think it’s an opportunity to replace Hardik but I think I have got a chance and I will try to do well for my country. I have got a job for my country and I will try to do that better,” quoted Shivam Dube.

“Everyone is supporting me. The support from the captain and the team management was really good for me. They gave me a lot of confidence. So, I feel really happy and relaxed in the dressing room,” he added.

Dube further revealed that he needs to work on his fitness in order to play as an all-rounder in the national team. He stated that he is currently preparing himself to be able to bowl his quota of four overs in a T20I game. Dube also mentioned that West Indies have a good T20 side and they have prepared nicely for the upcoming challenge.

“Most important for me is to maintain my fitness levels because as an all-rounder, you need to both bat and bowl. So, maintaining fitness is really a difficult job. I am very confident of my bowling. In T20 games, every bowler gets a bad as well as a good game. So, I try to prepare myself in very good situations and I feel that I can be a proper bowler who can bowl four overs. I have done that job,” the all-rounder noted.

“They (West Indies) have got a good T20 side but we have prepared very nicely. I think India is the best team in world cricket and we will win the series,” Dube concluded.