Not looking to replace Hardik Pandya: Shivam Dube

HYDERABAD: Mumbai all terrain Shivam Dube It is an eclectic mix of class and power. The left-handed mid-batter is a fearless attack player who loves to clear the ropes. And with the ball, the middle pacemaker of the right arm has some tricks up its sleeve, the slowest deliveries in particular.

Dube has had a constant performance in the domestic circuit and called the attention of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises when it hit five six in a showdown against Baroda, a repeat of his feat from the Mumbai T20 League earlier, on the eve of the IPL auction last December.

Since then, the 26-year-old has fought physical fitness problems (lower back injury), but now he is back looking thinner and fitter. After running out of blows in the first two T20I against Bangladesh, Dube gave crucial blows for 30/3 returns four times to help India secure the 2-1 series in Nagpur earlier this month.

The great Dube, promoted as a game changer that India is looking for before the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next year, is prepared to show its skills against the T20 West Indies world champions when it is the first of three games . The T20I series begins at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.

Facing the media here on Wednesday, Dube exuded confidence. They (Windies) have a good T20 team. But we have prepared very well. India is the best team in the world and we will win the series, he said.

Dube came to the side for the Bangladesh series instead of an injured Hardik Pandya and I was happy to participate in the success of India.

Pandya has been out of the team for more than a month due to a back injury that needed surgery, and the cricketer is now in rehab.

I don't think it's an opportunity to replace Hardik, he said and added, I was offered an opportunity and I will do my best to do well in the country.

The work of an all terrain is arduous, especially with the demands of aptitude that entails. Being an all-terrain is a very difficult job. It is important for me to improve my fitness levels. It's a difficult question, but I will, he said.

Dube trusted both his bowling and his great batting ability. I have a lot of confidence in my bowling alley. It is a T20 game. For bowlers it can be a good or bad game. I have prepared to face all situations.