IPL 2018, KKR vs SRH: Meet Teenage Sensation Shivam Mavi Who Was Bought By KKR for Rs 3 Crore

IPL 2018 KKR vs SRH: Mavi picked up 9 wickets in the U-19 Cricket World Cup

The Indian Premier League has changed fortunes of many cricketers over the last decade.

One such story is of Noida-born Shivam Mavi whose life changed after Kolkata Knight Riders roped him for a whopping Rs 3 Cr. Fresh after the U-19 CWC triumph, Mavi, along with his other U-19 teammates, grabbed a deal to savour. This is bound to be a big opportunity for the teenage pacer to put his skills to test against the best batsmen in the world.

Mavi is a Noida kid, his father being a businessman and his mother a homemaker. After completing his schooling from City Public School in Noida, he enrolled at Al-Falah University in Faridabad and is currently a second-year student of Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA).

He has played most of his cricket in Delhi as it is nearby and has a sound knowledge of the cricket scene in the NCR.

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From Noida to World Cup
Mavi has played most of his cricket in Delhi. He was first picked for the Delhi U-14 side, however, was rejected at the U-16 level. In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, he mentioned that he felt quite disappointed when he wasn’t picked for the U-16 Delhi side.

His journey to the World Cup hasn’t been a smooth one as he had his share of injuries on his way up — he damaged his left leg in a bid to bowl quicker.

Noida Express with the silverware

Noida Express with the silverware

He came grabbed the limelight after an astounding performance at the zonal level ‘Challengers’ tournament wherein he bagged 9 wickets in four matches. He then went on to pick up 9 wickets in the U-19 CWC where he shared the new ball with teenager Kamlesh Nagarkoti. Coincidentally, KKR also picked up Nagarkoti which means the U-19 Indian opening bowlers could be sharing the new ball again.

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Mavi with Rahul Dravid

Mavi with Rahul Dravid

Future at IPL:
His pace could be his biggest strength at the Eden Gardens which is traditionally a spin-friendly track. Mavi in all likelihood will get games at Edens and he would be hoping to maximise the given opportunity.