Shivam Dube: The southpaw who masquerades fierce hitting capabilities
There was suddenly a buzz around in the cricket fraternity after a Mumbai T20 league fixture in the March of 2018. The news came that a young 6-feet teen had hammered 5 successive sixes off the veteran leg-spinner Pravin Tambe. The very same Tambe, who deceived the best of the batsmen with his bowling in the Indian Premier League. When the thick air of questions settled down, the name of Shivam Dube rose up.
That moment for Shivam Dube proved to be the point of Activation energy. For the people oblivious about the term, Activation energy is a point post which a reaction takes place. Dube came into limelight after this incident.
India has always been blessed with gifted all-rounders. Be it Kapil Dev, Yuvraj Singh or Irfan Pathan, there was never a dearth of quality match winners. Then came the generation of the Pandya brothers who are now shouldering the responsibilities of all-rounders for the Indian cricket team.
Shivam Dube is a new name in the list to don the Indian jersey. The southpaw is known for his fierce hitting and brisk pace bowling. Let’s take a closer look at this talented cricketer’s journey to the Indian cricket team.
Date of Birth
26 June 1993
T 20 Debut
3 November 2019
Teams Played for
India, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Shivam Dube Biography
Born on June 26, 1993, the 6-feet Shivam Dube was always in awe of cricket. The 10-year old kid would receive throwdowns from the family’s domestic help. His hitting capabilities were too good to go unnoticed by his father. Dube was adamant about letting off cricket from his radar. He took it very seriously, and so did his father, who was eager to see him make it big in cricket.
The very first place where Shivam proved his prowess is the school cricket team. And he didn’t disappoint. His bowling, surprisingly not batting, won his school, Hansraj Morarji School, the U-15 Giles Shield in Mumbai. Indeed, that was the first glimpse of today’s Shivam Dube.
“He was a talented cricketer but a fat boy. His father, Rajesh, would come to our ground to ensure Shivam got his meat, fresh cow milk badam and pista! Shivam’s bowling won our school won U-14 Giles Shield one season, but lack of fitness and a back problem meant his cricketing career was hit.” fondly remembered Nilesh Bhosale, Shivam’s school coach.
One can see the determination of Shivam to actually make it big. From fat to fit, although there’s only a letter’s difference, the hard work and the sacrifices eradicate that difference are monumental for any athlete.
Here come the problems
There is an incident in history that comes to my mind at this moment. The city of Constantinople was guarded by massive multi-layered walls. The walls withstood many attacks from invaders, withstood floods and earthquakes. The walls seemed to be impregnable. But there is always someone who puts a thorn in your boots when they are unable to beat you in a race.
The empire within the walls decayed from within over the years. Several issues plagued the empire, which went unchecked and over the years it finally paved the way for the Ottoman king Mehmed II to destroy the city of Constantinople.
There is a very famous corollary which describes numerous examples in history like the ones above. “The rise and fall of empires”.
Now, this issue is not limited to empires, but it is a problem that affects every one of us. Our best times suddenly transition to the worst and same happened with Shivam Dube. At the age of 14, the well-set Dube stopped playing cricket, the specific issues being unknown but financial and fitness happened to be the generic issues.
“I stopped playing cricket when I was 14 because of some financial constraints, couldn’t really work on my fitness at that point of time. I returned to cricket only when I was 19 and gradually started to work on my fitness levels,” Shivam Dube revealed about the tough times in an exclusive chat with Hindustan Times.
But all that matters is the character to leave behind the dark phases in search of light. Though Dube missed his precious 5 years of cricketing life, he made a comeback. And what a glorious one it was!
However glorious your past records tend to be, but your present form is the only thing which matters in cricket. Dube’s recovery wasn’t easy. Being 5 years away from cricket was not easy. It cost him a spot in the junior cricket for Mumbai.
Dube toiled hard in club cricket to get back his lost touch, and that proved very fruitful.
The List A debut – February 26, 2017
Shivam Dube made his List A debut in the Group C Vijay Hazare for Mumbai against Rajasthan. He didn’t get an opportunity to bat while chasing but grabbed two wickets while conceding 42 runs in 7 overs in a 38-over per side match.
T20 debut (domestic) – January 18, 2016
Shivam Dube debuted for Mumbai against Baroda in the Superleague group A match of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Although Mumbai lost the match, Dube was excellent at the end with his bat, contributing 21 runs from 17 balls.
First-class debut – December 7, 2017
Dube made his first-class debut in the Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and the batting powerhouse Karnataka. He was exceptional with the bowl as he took 5 crucial wickets in Karnataka’s first inning and made a notable contribution of 71 with his bat in the second inning.
Indian Premier League | IPL
The Virat Kohli-led-Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Shivam Dube for a whopping 5 crore in the Indian Premier League 2019 season auction. It was his incredible hitting in Ranji Trophy that caught RCB’s attention.
In fact, he had hammered Swapnil Singh for 5 consecutive sixes in an over just before the day of the auction.
Sadly, his IPL debut with RCB was not so memorable, as the team finished at the bottom of the league table. Although Shivam played only four matches, it provided a much-needed impetus to his career.
MSK Prasad, Indian National team’s Chief selector, mentions Shivam Dube as the best fit in the team in the absence of Hardik Pandya, the regular all-rounder. And the main factor of Dube over Vijay Shankar was his recent performances in India A series in the West Indies.
His performances in the one-dayers against South Africa helped him to earn the spot as well. MSK Prasad went on to say that Dube has come up by leaps and bounds.
The debut against Bangladesh – November 3, 2019
Dube came in the T20I squad for Bangladesh tour of India. He played his first T20I against Bangladesh on November 3, 2019. The debut was not that impressive. Dube proved his calibre in the third T20I of the series. He picked three quick and crucial wickets helping India win the series decider against Bangladesh.
Shivam Dube is now one of the strong contenders in the Indian squad for the ICC T20 World Cup, 2020 in Australia.
Interesting Facts about Shivam Dube
- Shivam Dube has hammered the veteran leg spinner Pravin Tambe for 32 runs in an over, a feat which even high-profile batsman haven’t been able to against Pravin Tambe. He smashed Pravin Tambe for 5 sixes in that over.
- He replicated the feat of 5 sixes against Swapnil Singh in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda while playing for Mumbai a day before he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 5 crores in IPL 2019.
- Shivam got an opportunity to play only 4 matches in which he scored 40 runs and went wicket-less. Getting into the math, for every run scored in the IPL 2019, Shivam got ₹12,50,000.
- Jacques Kallis, South Africa’s greatest all-rounder, serves as inspiration for Shivam Dube.
Shivam Dube Family: The oxygen to the dreams
Shivam’s family was always with him through the thick and thin of his journey. Shivam is totally indebted to his father for pushing him through the tough phase. Here is what Shivam had to say about his father, his support-system in an exclusive chat with Hindustan Times –
“My father was the biggest motivator during that tough time. He used to say, ‘so what you have lost 5 years? You can still become a good cricketer.” Even today he continues to be my biggest strength,”
His father, Rajesh Dube, was a wrestler in his youth. He was extremely passionate about cricket but couldn’t achieve anything. Seeing the same passion in Shivam, he devoted his life to make his son a prominent cricketer.
He himself used to give hundreds of throwdowns to Shivam on a daily basis. But professionally, his father had a dairy farm business and then transitioned to a business of ‘washing jeans’.
Shivam Dube also has a sibling in the form of a sister, Pooja Dube.
Shivam Dube: Social Media
— Shivam Dube (@IamShivamDube) November 11, 2019
— Shivam Dube (@IamShivamDube) April 25, 2019