Ruturaj Gaikwad credits MS Dhoni's personal touch for Shivam Dube's rise

Dube played a key role as CSK beat Gujarat Titans by 63 runs in an IPL game, smashing 51 off 23 balls.

Shivam Dube has worked on his weakness against short-ball quite well and it has a lot to do with Mahendra Singh Dhoni personally working with the beefy Mumbai man, said Chennai Super Kings skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad on Tuesday. 

Dube played a key role as CSK beat Gujarat Titans by 63 runs in an IPL game. The left-handed batter smashed five sixes in his 23-ball 51 after his 34 not out in the opening victory against RCB and the most notable feature in his game is how he is managing the short-ball.

Early in his career, the short ball had become his shortcoming but this season a transformed Dube has managed it well even when he looks a bit uncomfortable.

"Just confidence. When he came here the management worked with him, and Mahi bhai worked with him personally. He knows what role he is playing and which bowler to take on. A big plus for us," Gaikwad praised his big-hitting game-changer.

Dube also spoke about the freedom that CSK leadership has given him and he has worked hard to remain prepared for the short balls, now that a couple of bouncers are allowed per over.

"This franchise (CSK) is something different from all others. They are giving me the freedom. They want me to do better and I also want to win some matches," Dube said after winning the 'Player of the Match' award.

It is not just survival but Dube has also attacked short balls in these two games like never before, albeit with mixed results.

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