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T20 World Cup 2024: Ravi Shastri picks two players as key to Team India’s title hopes

Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri has named two players as the key to Team India’s title hopes for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. The highly-anticipated event is slated to be played in the United States of America and the West Indies (June 1 to 29).

The former India’s head coach reckons that Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube are the key to India’s title hopes. Both the players were named in Team India’s 15-member squad for the marquee event. Both left-handers will be playing the World Cup for the first time.

“The two gentlemen you’ve got to watch out for, and both are left-handers, both playing their first World Cup. One is Jaiswal. We know a lot about him, he did extremely well against England, explosive at the top of the order, left-hander, he’s young, he’s fearless and he’ll play shots,” Ravi Shastri told ICC.

“But there’s someone in the middle order, please watch out for Dube, because he is explosive, he’s devastating and he’s a match-winner. He hits sixes for fun, and when it comes to spin bowling, he can kill you,” the commentator added.

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Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube in IPL 2024 so far

Rajasthan Royals’ opener Yashasvi Jaiswal struggled to operate at a higher level this season, although his form has been pretty decent. He scored 316 runs in 10 games at an average of 35.11 and a strike rate of 157.21.

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Notably, he slammed a century and a fifty this season. On the other hand, Shivam Dube has been in top-notch form for CSK this season. The left-hander showcased his exceptional ability to smack 26 sixes, the most by an Indian cricketer.

Dube is also the second leading run-getter for CSK this season. The 30-year-old scored 350 runs in 11 games at an average of 43.75. He has operated at a strike rate of 170.73 including three fifties so far.

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