Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India captain Rohit Sharma has given strong hints that explosive all-rounder Shivam Dube may be included in the playing XI in the upcoming T20 World Cup to be held in the West Indies and USA.

Left-hander Dube has been in scintillating form with the bat for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2024.

Dube's inclusion in the playing XI will mean India having as many as three left-handers in their middle-order for the marquee event.

As per Rohit, Dube was selected to give impetus to India's middle order with his power hitting.

"We needed someone to come in middle overs and play that role. We picked Shivam Dube based on what he has done in IPL and a few games he played before IPL," said Rohit.

"I've never played in New York. So, I don't know what pitches are like there. So all options are open. We'll go there and figure out what players to play. One thing we looked at was our middle overs hitting. Top-order hitting has been all right. It is not been bad, there are options as well," he added.

Notably, Dube is in brilliant form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). He has so far amassed 350 runs to his name at an impressive average of 50.00 and a whopping strike rate of 171.57 in ten matches so far.