Shivam Mavi Biography
Shivam Mavi is an Indian cricketer who won the 2018 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand with the national side.
He was born on 26th November 1998 and hails from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh in India. He is all-rounder who bowls right-arm fast and is a right-handed batsman.
Bowling at a searing pace, he first caught the attention of former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly when he bowled a fiery delivery recorded at 146 kph against Australia in the first match of the U-19 World Cup.
A master of the inswing delivery, he bowls open chested which allows him to swing the ball sharply inside.
He uses this combination of pace and movement of the ball to get most of his wickets. While not much has been asked from him with the bat by the national side and is used as lower order batsman, he is essentially an all-rounder who can smack the ball hard which he effectively displayed when he did get to bat.
Mavi is the newest addition to India’s bowling attack from Meerut, which has boasted of Indian pacers like Praveen Kumar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Despite hailing from Meerut, he grew up mostly in Delhi.
He was very talented from a young age winning local tournaments despite not having much support from his family initially. He was eventually selected to play for the Delhi Under-14 team. In spite of performing admiringly well for the U14 side, he was rejected for the Under-16 squad which left him devastated.
However, he did not lose hope, and switched bases to Greater Noida and started playing for the Delhi Wanderers Cricket Academy.
There he got the company of senior players like Anureet Singh and Parvinder Awana, which helped his development.
He grew up admiring the likes of Dale Steyn who he considers as his idol.
He caught the attention of head coach Rahul Dravid while training in the National Cricket Academy camp.
He made his debut for the Under-19 national side on 6th February 2017 playing against the England U-19 team in the 4th ODI of the latter’s tour in India.
He managed to get two wickets from his five overs while conceding 36 runs, putting in an impressive performance.
Rise to Glory
He rose to glory in his second ever Test match for the U-19 national squad when he rescued his side with the bat rather than the ball, scoring a belligerent 86 against England U-19 in the first innings and then chipped in with the ball in the second innings taking 3 wickets to help India win the match by 97 runs.
He then shone in the U-19 World Cup where he got five wickets from three matches. He was particularly impressive against Australia where he took three wickets from 8.5 overs conceding 45 runs.
He had grabbed spotlights way before the World Cup though, as he was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL Auction in January for three crore INR becoming one of the few youngsters to command a fee in crores.