Young cricketer Shivam Dubey exuded confidence in skipper Virat Kohli’s stunning style after being promoted to number three during the second T20I against the West Indies at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. Despite Dubey’s brilliant performance with the bat, India suffered an eight-wicket defeat as World T20 champions. With this victory, Kieron Pollard’s Army tied the three-match series 1–1.
Opener KL Rahul was soon dismissed after India were sent to bat and Kohli shocked everyone as Dubey made his way to the crease. The stylish Southeastern scored 54 off 30 balls, including three fours and four sixes. Do not hit three sixes in a Pollard over.
It was courtesy of Dubey’s first T20I fifty and this brilliant innings, that Southeastern Robin Uthappa joined a unique list. Dubey became only the second Indian to make his maiden T20 half-century in the International T20. Only Uthappa achieved this unique feat before Dube.
After the end of the match, Dubey said that he was satisfied with his first half-century, but was not completely happy as a result, as it was not on India’s way.
“Really special for me because it is the first 50 in the Indian team from my team. But not happy because it is more important for me to win the match. Dubey said in the press conference after the match.
He said, ‘We missed some catches but I think it is part of the match. We lost the match today but I think we will come back in the next match.
The third and final T20I will be played at the prestigious Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.