Unfortunately, Shivam Dube failed to justify his price tag while donning the RCB jersey.
In 15 matches for the franchise across two seasons, the left-hander only aggregated 169 runs at an average of 16.90. His strike rate remained below 125 in both seasons. With the ball as well, Shivam Dube fared no better, scalping only four wickets at an economy rate of 7.59.
— Shivam Dube (@IamShivamDube) August 26, 2020
RCB expected Shivam Dube to play the finisher’s role. However, the player could not record a single 30 for the team. Thus RCB had little option but to terminate their association with Shivam Dube.
Shivam Dube is a talented all-rounder who has done well in the domestic circuit. So quite a few franchises might have an eye on him. On that note, let us have a look at three teams that might want to sign the player in the IPL Auction 2021.
The Rajasthan Royals have released their captain Steve Smith and opener Robin Uthappa before IPL 2021. That has opened up a couple of spots in their playing XI.
While Manan Vohra could open the innings with Yashasvi Jaiswal, the Royals need a finisher who could bat after Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes. That player could be Shivam Dube.
With Rahul Tewatia proving himself as a worthy all-rounder in IPL 2020, Shivam Dube could provide support in the finishers’ department. He could bat at number six, while Rahul could come in at number seven, which would provide depth to the batting .
Moreover, captain Sanju Samson will have an extra pace-bowling option available if they get hold of Shivam Dube.
The Kings XI Punjab are in dire need of a finisher. Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran performed their jobs exceptionally well in the top order last year.
However, the team needed someone to finish off innings, as Glenn Maxwell and Jimmy Neesham struggled.
The Mohali-based franchise have released Krishnappa Gowtham and Jagadeesha Suchith before the IPL 2021 auction. So they could make use of an all-rounder like Shivam Dube in their middle order, one who can also bowl a few overs.
With the pitch in Mohali assisting pace, KXIP could consider signing Shivam Dube.
Shivam Dube came into the limelight after his destructive batting performances in the T20 Mumbai competition. Dube has also done an impressive job for the Mumbai cricket team in the domestic circuit. Thus he could flourish at Mumbai Indians (MI) too.
Although the five-time champions already have all-rounders like the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard, they could add Shivam Dube as a back-up option.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 20, 2021
With 2021 set to be a hectic year for T20 stars, Mumbai Indians could benefit by bolstering their all-rounder department by taking in Dube. Besides, Shivam Dube’s experience of playing at the Wankhede Stadium could stand him in good stead ahead of the upcoming IPL 2021 auctions.