Shivam Dube joins Robin Uthappa in unique T20 list after Thiruvananthapuram blitz

Written by Sumit Seth

Young cricketer Shivam Dube repaid skipper Virat Kohli’s faith in sublime fashion after he was promoted to number three during the second T20I against West Indies at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. Despite Dube’s stunning show with the bat, India succumbed to an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of reigning World T20 champions. Courtesy of this win, Kieron Pollard’s troops have levelled the three-match series 1-1.

After India were sent to bat, opener KL Rahul perished soon and Kohli left everybody stunned as Dube made his way out on the crease. The stylish southpaw then slammed 54 off 30 deliveries, including three boundaries and four towering sixes. Not to forget three sixes in one Pollard over.

This was Dube’s maiden T20I fifty and courtesy of this scintillating innings, the southpaw has joined Robin Uthappa in a unique list. Dube became only the second Indian to score his maiden T20 fifty in an international T20. Before Dube, only Uthappa had achieved this unique feat.

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