IPL 2024 CSK vs DC: Shivam Dubey will prove to be a boon in Conway’s absence

In the first two matches, which featured express pacers like Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Alzarri Jopsay and Gujarat Titans’ Spencer Johnson, Dubey was hitting boundaries on their short balls.

IPL 2024 CSK vs DC: Shivam Dubey will prove to be a boon in Conway’s absence

IPL 2024 CSK vs DC
Shivam Dubey vs short ball has proved to be a boon for CSK in IPL 2024

In the first nine matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, 17 wickets fell on the short ball. Shivam Dubey of Chennai Super Kings, who was considered one of the most vulnerable batsmen to fall victim to the double bouncer rule, has not been out on a bouncer even once.

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Additionally, he has scored quite freely on bouncers, making him a boon for CSK in the absence of their regular opener Devon Conway.
In IPL 2023, Dubey hit brilliant sixes, but mostly against spinners or fast bowlers who bowled slower balls than fast ones. For fast bowlers, he would either lean on the shorter ball or move away and wait for the spinners to arrive.

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In the first two matches, which featured express pacers like Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Alzarri Jopse and Gujarat Titans’ Spencer Johnson, Dube was hitting them all over the park. What caused the change?
Dubey’s childhood coach Satish Sawant told The Indian Express about his short ball problem, “It was a technical issue as well as a mental issue.” To overcome that challenge, Sawant and Dubey came together towards the end of IPL 2023.

“His shoulder was locked at the time of releasing the ball and at the same time, he was lifting the bat with his lower hand. With such a technical flaw, his body was locked against a 135 kmph bowler. ” ,” Sawant said.
To get rid of that drawback, Sawant divulged a method where he would start at 80 mph and then gradually increase the speed to 85 mph. “He started connecting with each ball. He had more control over his pull shots,” he confirmed.

CSK camp impressed by Dubey’s improvement
Dube’s off-season hard work certainly paid off as CSK batting coach Macaulay Hussey was impressed by Dube’s efforts. “A lot of credit has to be given to Dube for working tirelessly against the short ball. As teams used to throw short balls at him a few years ago, he would simply duck and defend. Now, not only can he play the shorts, but he is also able to find the boundary,” Hussey said.

Dhoni’s role in Dubey’s change
While the 30-year-old Dubey worked very hard, Super Kings captain Ruturaj Gaikwad said it was his predecessor MS Dhoni’s poignant role in ensuring that Dubey was able to turn himself around.
“Mahi bhai [Dhoni] worked with him. He knows what role he is playing and which bowler he has to face. A big plus for us,” Gaikwad said.

Dubey confirmed the role of Dhoni and the CSK management in his conversation with the broadcasters.
“This franchise (CSK) is something different from all the others. They are giving me freedom. They want me to perform better and I want to win some matches as well,” said the Player of the Match winner during his team’s win against the Titans.

Why is Dubey key in Conway’s absence?
Conway used to be the anchor who played the fast bowlers and spinners equally well in the middle overs for CSK. Then players like Moeen Ali and Dubey were used as hitters against the spinners. But in the absence of Conway, Dubey has played the role of hitting not only the spinners but also the fast bowlers to keep the runs flowing in the middle overs.


How can IPL 2024 open the doors for Dubey to enter India’s T20 World Cup squad?
The way he is playing, Dubey is probably the finisher that India are looking for. Even players like Riyan Parag and Jitesh Sharma are in the race. But when Dubey is fully fit and can bowl opaque bowling as he did in the three-match series against Afghanistan, the Mumbaikar will be in contention with Hardik Pandey for a place in Team India’s playing 11 in the T20 World Cup 2024. Can give a chance.

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