'It was his dream,' Shivam Dube delighted to fulfil father's dream of playing for India
Shivam Dube on Thursday got his maiden call-up to Indian team as the Mumbai all-rounder was named in the squad for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh starting from November 3. Dube, after the team was announced, was looking forward to share the Indian dressing room and thanked his dad for his support throughout his career and the power-hitter was delighted to fulfill his dad’s dream of playing for India.
Dube said that it was his father who wanted him to become an aggressive batsman and that thought turned his playing style. The 26-year-old further said that he was expecting the call and was optimistic about his selection as he has been consistent in the domestic circuit and was coming on the back of a brilliant outing in Vijay Hazare Trophy.
"I have a bit of natural power and I work on that. My father always wanted to make me an aggressive batsman and that became my lifestyle. I love power-hitting," Dube told a select group a journalists soon after his selection while adding, “I would like to thank God and my dad. Specially my dad, who always supported me and it was his dream (that I play for India)."
"It is a good feeling. You (journalists) blessed and supported me throughout. I was expecting a call. I was sure shot of my selection. I felt that my performance was good, so I would be in (the team). I was positive about it," said Dube.
Dube’s career kickstarted when he was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2019 auction for a whopping Rs 5 crore. However, the all-rounder failed to impress with both bat and ball and was dropped from the side soon. But Dube stated that RCB and India skipper Virat Kohli has always helped and supported him whenever he was in need and India’s ace batter always made him understand whenever he faced problems in his career.
"He (Kohli) always helped and supported me. If I was under pressure or faced any problem, I spoke to him (Kohli) and he would always make me understand."
Dube could make his debut in the T20I series against Bangladesh and it would be interesting to see his approach if given the nod in the playing XI.