Youngster Shivam Dube scored his maiden T20I half-century in the second match against West Indies. He walked into bat at No.3, smashed a 30-ball 54 but that went in vain as India put up a dismal show in all department. Dube said in the post-match presentation that he was “nervous” and “under pressure” but it was Rohit Sharma who helped him calm his nerves during the game.
“I got the opportunity to bat at number three which was a big deal for me. There was some pressure. Rohit bhai asked me to back my ability and helped me calm down. I got the momentum after hitting a six and then I was playing my natural game. I always back my ability to clear any ground and it is my strength,” Dube remarked. “I think this ground is big but I have the capability of clearing any ground. I think that’s my strength and I always go like that only.”
Like his captain, Virat Kohli, Shivam Dube too believed that it was poor fielding from them which saw them the defeat. However, he hoped that India will bounce back with a bang.
“The dropped chances were crucial. It is part of the game. They also dropped some. We had a good total today but we failed to grab our chances. We have a good team and back ourselves to win the series,” he added.
Meanwhile, West Indies spinner Hayden Walsh did pretty well with his game-changing spell in the middle overs, which saw him restricted the host within a chasable total. He dismissed Shivam Dube and Shreyas Iyer.
Walsh said, “It has been a roller-coaster ride for me. I put in a lot of work. I did well in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and it obviously caught the selectors’ eye. I bowled a lot in the nets and it helped me here.”