Dube’s impactful half-century significantly contributed to India’s comfortable six-wicket victory on Thursday, earning him the well-deserved Player of the Match award.
“When I came to bat, I wanted to implement what I have learnt from MS Dhoni about finishing games. I keep speaking to Mahi bhai. He tells me about how to tackle different situations. He has given me two-three tips and rated my batting.
“So, I feel if he rates my batting then I’ll keep playing well. My confidence went up because of that,” Dube told ‘JIO Cinema’.
Dube’s previous appearance for India was in last year’s Asian Games at Hangzhou.
The Mumbai player was part of the India squad for home T20I series against Australia but did not get a chance to play and was not selected for the away series against South Africa.
Dube also found shades of Dhoni in the way Rohit Sharma captained the side, and allowed him the space to perform.
“Both allow me to bat higher in the order. There’s a lot of work to be done and I know they will back me and want me to do well. So, that makes me feel a lot more positive,” he added.
Dube also grabbed the important wicket of Afghan captain Ibrahim Zadran (25 off 22 balls), and the pacer said he has been working on his bowling.
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“The changes have not come suddenly. In the off-season, I worked a lot on my fitness. After that, I bowled a lot in domestic cricket too so things kept improving.
“I was able to find the right areas and also generate a decent pace,” he said.