Ruturaj Gaikwad reveals reason behind Shivam Dube’s stunning form for CSK

CSK have had a flying start to this year's IPL season, and one of the stars of the show has been Shivam Dube according to Ruturaj Gaikwad. Thanks to his incredible performances, CSK has climbed to the top of the IPL table with his knock spurring a win against Gujarat Titans last night.

Dube smashed a half-century in no time against a strong GT bowling attack to help Chennai to their second win in as many games in the season.

What is behind the Shivam Dube resurgence? Ruturaj Gaikwad reveals

The secret behind Dube's remarkable form, as revealed by CSK captain Ruturaj Gaikwad, is the guidance he's received from MS Dhoni, the cricket legend. Dube, known for his struggles with short balls in the past, has turned his game around this season. Gaikwad mentioned, “Mahi bhai worked with him personally. He knows what role he is playing.”

Shivam Dube
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This personal attention seems to have done wonders for Dube. He's not only facing short balls with more confidence but is also contributing significant runs to his team. His 51 off 23 balls in a recent match is a testament to his improved game.

Dube himself has acknowledged the unique support and freedom he gets at CSK. He said, “This franchise is different. They are giving me the freedom.” This sense of belonging and confidence has evidently boosted his performance.

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The transformation in Dube's approach and skills has caught the eye of cricket experts too. Former cricketer Aakash Chopra praised Dube's batting, highlighting his strength and consistency, especially when dealing with short balls. Chopra has even suggested keeping Dube in mind for the T20 World Cup team because of his impressive hitting ability.

“Although I should talk about Ruturaj Gaikwad as well because he batted well and maturely after getting a life, I am going to go with Shivam Dube. How well is he playing. The number at which Shivam Dube bats, around No. 5 or No. 6, is there any Indian who hits sixes better than him?,” Chopra asked.

For Gaikwad, the team's recent victory and Dube’s form signal a near-perfect performance in all aspects of the game. Dube's success is a clear example of how personal guidance and team support can bring out the best in a player.

As CSK continues their journey in the IPL, fans will be watching Dube closely, hoping he maintains his stunning form. His rise underlines the impact of mentorship and confidence, proving that with the right support, players can overcome their weaknesses and shine on the big stage.


Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India