Shivam Dube, who hit an unbeaten 46-ball 95 against RCB on Tuesday (April 12) in IPL 2022, has said that his franchise Chennai Super Kings have given him the security to play independently. Dube’s stupendous knock helped CSK to register their first win of the season at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Shivam Dube looked in sublime touch against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 22 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai. Dube smashed eight sixes and five fours in his unbeaten knock of 95 off 46 balls to help his side reach 216/4 at the end of the innings. He was ably supported by Robin Uthappa, who struck nine sixes and four fours in his 50-ball 88.
The RCB, in response, closed on 193/9, and Dube, riding on his memorable knock, was adjudged the Player of the Match. Speaking at the post-match press conference, Dube credited the CSK team management for giving him security to play his natural game.
“(The team management) has given security and at the same time, I back my game. I feel the ball which I can hit, I do that and I am able to connect well, so my confidence is high. I'm trying to play my own game,” Dube said at the post-match press conference.
Further, Dube admitted that he had been trying to connect the ball properly for some time, but it did not work out as he wanted it to. “I am able to do things, which I was trying for a while. The things I was doing in Ranji Trophy, at the domestic level, but after coming to this (IPL) level, you have to come one level up.
“So, I was trying to keep the balance, not think much and back myself. I am following my basic game, not doing anything extra. But yes there is one thing, my confidence is high and I am playing well," Dube said at the post-match press conference.”
Dube signed off by saying that he has dedicated his first player of the match award in the cash-rich league to his father.