The Coronavirus scare has taken the world by storm and the medical unable to find any solution for the same. Sporting events worldwide are getting effected too which has led to the cancellation or postponement of almost each and every sporting event.
However, if things get better till October, ICC's mega event i.e. the ICC T20 World Cup will take place without any delay. The preparations for the T20 World Cup are also affected due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Almost each and every team must be having a mind-set of what would be their squad. Those who are aspiring to make it to their respective national squads would be auditioning before the start of the mega event in whatever opportunities they get amidst this outbreak.
One such name who is willing to break into the Indian T20 World Cup Squad is Shivam Dube.
Shivam Dube got many opportunities right from the start of India's home season which started against Bangladesh, but he failed to live up to the expectations.
In Dream11 prediction also he was assigned 8 or 8.5 credit scores for each and every game he played, but the users opted for other options in his place. However, sometimes, in the Grand League scenario, he proved to be a good choice.
He made his T20I debut against Bangladesh in Delhi on 3rd November 2019. He got an opportunity in the Indian side after India's first choice seaming all-rounder Hardik Pandya was sidelined due to a lower back injury. Someone's loss is another's gain but Shivam Dube failed to grab this opportunity.
He got to play all the three matches in the series and could only manage 10 runs from 2 innings. However, he was impressive with the ball in the final T20I which was played at Nagpur as he scalped 3 wickets giving away 30 runs.
His performance with the ball earned him retention for the series against West Indies who toured India 3 ODI and 3 T20I series. Once again the captain imposed his trust on the rookie and he played all the three T20Is in the series.
In the third and final T20I of the series which was played at Thiruvananthapuram, skipper Kohli promoted the left-hander up the order and he batted number 3. This move proved fruitful for both Dube and India as he paved his way to 54 runs from 30 deliveries which included 3 fours and 4 lust blows out of the park. His knock once again gave him a lifeline this time, for the home series against Sri Lanka and away series against New Zealand.
He didn't get a single opportunity in the series against Sri Lanka, but a lot was expected from him on the tour of New Zealand. However, the conditions didn't favor the left-hander as he perished under pressure in the 5-match T20I series.
He got scores of 13, 8*, 3, 12 and 15 in the 5 innings which clearly states his struggle throughout the tour. He failed with the ball as well and was taken to the cleaners especially by Ross Taylor who took him for 30 runs in his second over of the final T20I.
His miserable run in the tour of New Zealand forced the team management to drop him for the home series against South Africa. With Hardik Pandya back in the mix after a long injury lay-off, his comeback in the national team looks gloomy, especially for the ICC T20 World Cup.