Shivam Dube adjudged Ranji Trophy's best all-rounder

The Mumbai cricketer was recognised at the BCCI Awards for his performances in the 2018-19 season.

Shivam Dube was recognised for his efforts in last season's first-class domestic campaign as the best all-rounder, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Sunday.

The six-foot 26-year-old received the Lala Amarnath Award for the best all-rounder in the Ranji Trophy, 2018-19 at the annual BCCI Awards and was handed a trophy along with a cheque for ₹5 lakhs.

In eight matches, Shivam Dube scored 632 runs at an average of 52.67 last season, helped by two centuries and three fifties, and picked up 23 wickets at 23.21, that included his career-best haul of 7/53.

He was the second-highest run-scorer for Mumbai in the campaign, just 20 runs behind Siddhesh Lad, and the lead wicket-taker with six more scalps than the next-best, Tushar Deshpande.

During the championship, the all-rounder scored his maiden ton in Mumbai's Ranji Trophy opener against Railways, took his fifer against Karnataka, and then smashed his second ton against Gujarat.

His impressive campaign continued when he blazed five sixes in an over off Baroda's Swapnil Singh, the second time he had done so in his career after his exploits for Shivaji Park Lions during the inaugural season of the T20 Mumbai league.

On the back of these performances, Shivam Dube was picked up for the 2019 Indian Premier League by Royal Challengers Bangalore and later in the year made his T20I debut against Bangladesh and then made his maiden ODI appearance against West Indies last month.

After making his first-class debut in 2017, Shivam Dube has played only 16 matches so far scoring just over 1,000 runs and picking up 40 wickets.

"The BCCI Awards is our way of recognising the finest on-field performances right from the age group to senior level and also honour our legends," said BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah, Smriti Mandhana, Jhulan Goswami, Mayank Agarwal and several others were also beneficiaries of the categorised awards.

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