Shivam Dube needs to start contributing with bat if he wants to stay in RR’s playing XI: Rajat Bhatia

Apart from Miller and Morris, RR's batting unit failed miserably on Thursday and Shivam Dube was also among the ones who failed to impress.
Shruti Banerjee Author

Updated - 17 April 2021 12:21 am

Shivam Dube (L) and Rajat Bhatia

The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League has already started with a series of nail-biters. The recent match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals could be a telling example of that as the game ended in a thrilling fashion. Delhi Capitals managed to put up 147 runs on the board and almost restricted the opponent quite well before David Miller at the middle-order and Chris Morris towards the end poured cold water on DC’s effort with sensational knocks.

Rajasthan were at 42 for 5 and Delhi had a great chance to seal the deal but David Miller had some other plans. He, along with Rahul Tewatia (19) started to steady the ship and smashed a quickfire half-century (62) before getting dismissed.

However, it was Chris Morris whose late onslaught of 4 sixes helped Rajasthan Royals win the game with 2 balls to spare. Apart from Miller and Morris, RR’s batting unit failed miserably and Shivam Dube was also among the ones who failed to impress. The all-rounder didn’t get an opportunity to bowl in the game as Sanju Samson already had plenty of bowling options. Meanwhile, when got an opportunity to bat, Dube disappointed with a score of 2 off 7 balls.

Here is what Bhatia said on Dube:

During an recent interaction with SportsTiger, former player Rajat Bhatia applauded Morris for his stunning performance while he said that all-rounder Shivam Dube can only stay in the playing XI if he starts contributing with the bat.

“Shivam Dube is a good all-rounder in domestic cricket. But he needs to contribute with the bat as I believe,” said Bhatia, adding, “…he wouldn’t get to finish his spell in every match. He might be seen with the ball for one over in most of the matches. If he bowls well then he will get maybe two or three overs and not more than that.”

Meanwhile, the former KKR player was full of praise for match-winner Morris. “For Rajasthan, their one of the positives was Chris Morris who has justified his price. Along with money, he has earned the respect too,” said Bhatia in SportsTiger’s Mid-Wicket Live show.