Dhruv Shorey profile in a nutshell
Dhruv Shorey is a right-hand top-order batsman who plays for Ranji Delhi Team. Inspired by his father Ranjan Shorey who was a Delhi University cricketer, Dhruv started playing at the age of 7. Although Dhruv was disciplined and followed cricket seriously, he realized his undying love for cricket at the age of 16. After his father’s death from cancer, he moved to the Sonnet Cricket club, Delhi and took up a job in the reserved bank of India.
Dhruv, who plays for Delhi Ranji side debuted in 2015. Since then he is earning himself an accolade for being a reliable batsman at number 3. Scoring 145 against Vidarbha in the Ranji trophy is considered to be one of the turning points in his career. He has been a brilliant performer for Delhi in the last 2-3 Ranji seasons. He is technically a sound batsman and has that knack for scoring runs in big games. He had also played under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir.
He has scored 2327 first-class runs in 37 matches at an average of 48. In this current Ranji trophy season 2019-20, he has got good starts like 28,34,65,44 and 96 but failed to convert these starts into big scores.
List A career
He had good performances in Vijay Hazare Trophy but his stats don’t justify his potential. He has scored only one hundred in 42 lists A matches he has played so far and that’s a shocking stat for a top-order batsman. His strike rate is below 75 and average is also at the mid-’30s. He hasn’t been able to deliver with the white ball yet.
In T20 format he has played 38 matches and scored 780 runs at a modest strike rate of 118. He had scored his career-best of 84 in recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019.
Following his excellent form, he managed to find a slot in India Blue in Duleep Trophy 2018-2019. Dhruv ended up being the leading run-scorer in Duleep Trophy 2018-2019. He scored 293 runs in 3 matches.
His brilliant show in the domestic circuit didn’t go unnoticed by IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. CSK picked up the 25-old for 20 lacks. However, he didn’t get enough opportunity with the bat. He played one match in 2018 and scored 8 runs which included a six by playing a pull shot over fine leg off Mohammed Siraj’s ball. He got out playing a loose cut shot to Colin de Grandhomme.
In 2019, he got just one game to play and couldn’t perform too well. He got out playing a bad lofted shot and finding the fielder Rahul Chahar at long-off. He won the Vivo perfect catch of the match when he came in as a substitute fielder against RCB where Faf Du Plessis threw the ball inside the rope as he was losing his balance and Shorey collected it.
Although it was Faf who did the hard work both the players were credited for that brilliant catch. He was released by the Chennai Super Kings ahead of the 2020 IPL auction. None of the teams were interested in buying him back.
Dhruv didn’t perform in the limited opportunities he got in IPL however is a far better player when it comes to red-ball cricket. He is the backbone of Delhi’s Ranji team along with Nitish Rana. He had also led the team in the absence of Rana. He is a brilliant fielder too. His form of late hasn’t been good by his standard but he has the ability to bounce back strong. He is one of the most underrated players and deserves much attention from the selectors of the Indian team.