Young Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Shivam Mavi is making all the right noises with his performance in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. A highly-rated fast bowler, the youngster first made an impression during the U-19 World Cup in Australia.
He fared well and led the bowling attack alongside Kamlesh Nagarkoti to guide India to the prestigious title. He had scalped six wickets in three matches. Mavi clocked 149kmph during a game against Australia which stunned Sourav Ganguly and Ian Bishop, who were a part of the commentary team in New Zealand.
Trained under the watchful eyes of Rahul Dravid, Shivam Mavi honed his skills and is currently one of the promising fast bowlers in the country. However, a couple of injuries had halted his career time and again. He lost out on a year after doing damage to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his left leg.
But Mavi holds his shape to come back again and deliver the good for his side. Still early in his career, he has earned praise from all sections including from former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee.
“I think Mavi has got everything,” Lee had said earlier. “His actions are beautiful and he packs himself as a fully furnished bowler. With youngsters like Mavi, it’s extremely important to play with confidence, enjoying the spirit of the game.”
“He knows what he is doing and it looks like he really enjoys his cricket. I think Mavi, for me, is the future for Indian bowlers,” he added.
Shivam Mavi continues to deliver for Kolkata Knight Riders and augurs well around world-class fast bowlers like Pat Cummins. He has already made a mark in IPL 2020 in the UAE and Kolkata will hope he continues to deliver the goods for his side. On this note, we take a look at some of the interesting facts about the young Indian pacer, who plays for Uttar Pradesh in the domestic circuit.
5 Unknown Facts About Shivam Mavi:
1) Shivam Mavi broke into the scene by taking 9 wickets in four matches in the Challengers tournament.
2) Even before touring New Zealand for the global U-19 World Cup, Shivam Mavi bagged an IPL contract of INR 3 crore with Kolkata Knight Riders, fifteen times his base price in the auction.
3) Shivam Mavi has studied Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) at Al-Falah University in Faridabad. He finished schooling from City Public School in Noida.
4) Shivam’s father Pankaj Mavi is a businessman and his mother a housewife. From a young age, Mavi saw legendary Protean pacer Dale Steyn as his idol.
5) In early 2017, he made it to the Board President’s XI against the visiting England U-19 team in Mumbai, where he cleaned up Tom Banton [who is now in the same IPL team as Mavi] with a toe-crashing yorker in the opening game.