Shivam Dube emerges as cream of the crop in the Caribbean

The all-rounder played two crucial innings that helped India A clinch matches and the series against West Indies A.

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Shivam Dube was named Player of the Series against West Indies A for his all-round performance in the three matches in the Caribbean. With 180 runs at an average of 60.00 and five wickets at 33.60, his contribution - particularly with his batting - was enough to help India A clinch the series 2-0.

In the first match at North Sound, he walked out to bat at 168/5 in the first innings as his team trailed by a further 60 runs. Along with wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, he put on 131 for the sixth wicket, ensuring the home side had a steep hill to climb with India A eventually winning by six wickets.

Dube, who plays for Shivaji Park Lions in T20 Mumbai, top-scored in the match with 71 off just 108 balls with 7 fours and 4 sixes. His two wickets, that of captain Shamarh Brooks in the first innings and all-rounder Roston Chase in the second, were also telling.

In the second match at Port of Spain, Dube was at it again. This time he walked in at a shaky 20/5 in response to West Indies A's 318. First, he put on a decisive 124 runs for the sixth wicket with opener Priyank Kirit Panchal to help stabilise the innings and then made the tail wiggle a bit before he fell himself. However, he had scored an aggressive 79 in just 85 balls, helped with 11 boundaries and 2 maximums, which proved crucial.

India A managed to strike with their bowling in the second innings and then their top order ensured a seven-wicket victory, from what looked like a certain defeat before Dube's heroics, which involved two wickets as well.

While he didn't get the opportunity to shine in the drawn third match at Tarouba, Dube had done enough nevertheless to bag himself the Player of the Series award, his timely knocks making the difference for India A.

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