'My father always wanted to make me an aggressive batsman and that became my lifestyle. I love power-hitting.'
Elated after years of hard work finally paid off, Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube said he loves power-hitting and would never give up his aggressive brand of cricket which earned him a maiden call-up to the Indian team.
Dube was rewarded with a maiden call-up for his "phenomenal" exploits with the India A team on Thursday.
The 26-year-old lad made the Indian T20 squad for the three-match series against Bangladesh next month as all-rounder Hardik Pandya is yet to recover from a back surgery.
He pipped Vijay Shankar as the second-choice all-rounder, primarily based because of his big-hitting prowess.
"I have a bit of natural power and I work on that. My father always wanted to make me an aggressive batsman and that became my lifestyle. I love power-hitting," Dube said soon after his selection.
"I would like to thank God and my dad. Specially my dad, who always supported me. It was his dream (that I play for India)."
Dube thanked his well-wishers and said he had positive vibes about his selection after a successful season, in which he scored 1,012 runs in 16 first-class matches so far.
"It is a good feeling. I was expecting a call. I was sure shot of my selection. I felt that my performance was good, so I would be in (the team). I was positive about it," said Dube, who was once an overweight cricketer.
The Mumbai all-rounder, who idolises legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, is known for hitting big sixes. He aims to give his 100 per cent on the ground if he gets to feature in the playing eleven.
"I will continue to work hard. I haven't thought about (my goals yet). At the moment, I am happy. As an all-rounder I need to be there with 100 per cent focus and good fitness," he said.
He recalled that during turbulent times, and when he was not picked for the Mumbai Under-23 squad, how his brother supported him.
"That time, my brother supported me. When my financial condition was tough, my brother supported me," he said.
Dube, who was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 5 crore, said during his IPL stint last season skipper Virat Kohli had always backed him.
"He (Kohli) always helped and supported me. If I was under pressure or faced any problem, I spoke to him (Kohli) and he would always make me understand."