After World Cup glory, Noida boy Mavi’s family dreams big
Although Shivam managed to take only one wicket in the final, the Noida-based youngster has impressed experts and former players with his pace and his ability to swing the ball.delhi Updated: Feb 04, 2018 00:19 IST
As India registered its win against Australia in the final of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand on Saturday, a collective cheer could be heard at the C-Block of Shakti Apartments in Noida’s Sector 71.
Among the 11 players who cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket win against the Australian team was 19-year-old Shivam Mavi, who stays at Shakti Apartments with his family of four.
Mavi, who has a tally of nine wickets in six matches at the World Cup, bowled 8.2 overs in the final, conceding 46 runs and taking one wicket.
As India chased Australia’s target by scoring 220 runs, the Mavis were swamped with relatives, neighbours and well-wishers congratulating the family for Shivam’s success.
“Shivam’s 60-year-old grandmother Pratashi Devi had travelled to our house from her native village Sina (in Meerut) even before the tournament began... We are extremely proud of Shivam’s performance and we hope that he will play for the Indian team soon,” said Pankaj Mavi, Shivam’s father, who is works as a private contractor in Noida Authority.
Although Shivam managed to take only one wicket in the final, the Noida-based youngster has impressed experts and former players with his pace and his ability to swing the ball.
Phool Chand Sharma, a Noida-based cricket coach who trained Mavi for over six years, believes that the 19-year-old pacer has the ability to shine at the sport’s biggest stage.
“Shivam was unlucky that there were many dropped catches in the final so he could manage only one wicket. He has managed to impress the likes of Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid and they have openly praised him. Shivam not only has lethal speed, he can also deliver in-swingers and out-swingers at same consistency,” said Sharma.
Mavi had taken world cricket by surprise with when he bowled a delivery at 146 km per hour in the tournament. At the Indian Premier League auction last week, he was bought for ₹3 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders from his base price of ₹20 lakh.
“Shivam has dedicated eight years of his life to cricket where he practised rigorously on an everyday basis. He is a lethal weapon for any team with his deadly combination of pace, swing and consistency,” said Uttam Chaudhary, an emerging cricketer who has trained with Mavi.
Mavi went to school at the City Public School in Noida and currently he is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Al Falah University in Faridabad.