Noida pacer Mavi gets a hero’s welcome after lifting World Cup
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Noida pacer Mavi gets a hero’s welcome after lifting World Cup

Mavi picked up nine wickets in six matches

noida Updated: Feb 07, 2018 23:34 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
Noida, India - February 07, 2018: Noida Pacer Shivam Mavi was given a grand welcome by family, friends, sportspersons and residents at DND toll plaza.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Four days after the Indian Under-19 cricket team lifted the U-19 World Cup trophy by defeating Australia, Noida pacer Shivam Mavi (19) was received in Noida, his hometown, with much fanfare. Mavi’s family members, sportspersons and friends gave him a grand welcome.

Mavi was felicitated on his arrival to the city, around 11am on Wednesday, at the Delhi-Noida-Direct Flyway toll plaza by his coach Phool Chand and fellow sportspersons. Mavi arrived in a Ford car, greeting his fans and residents of Noida welcomed him with tricolours.

“We are extremely proud of Shivam’s performance at the World Cup. The young pacer has captured the attention of cricketing legends and this has resulted in him being sold for a high amount in Indian Premier League. This victory is just a start for Shivam,” Phool Chand Sharma, a cricket coach who runs Wanderers Cricket Academy in Noida, said.

He said the 19-year-old right-handed fast bowler from Noida has captured the hearts of cricket lovers and managed to grab the attention of cricketing legends with his lethal combination of speed and accuracy.

In the six matches Mavi played in the World Cup, he took a total of nine wickets at an economy of 4.12 runs per over. He clocked a high speed of 146 kilometres per hour in the tournament and captured the attention of former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly. In the IPL auction, Mavi was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping Rs3 crore, a significant rise from his base price of Rs20 lakh.

Mavi has been staying in Shakti Apartments at Sector 71 of Noida for the last decade. He completed his schooling at City Public School in Noida and is currently pursuing a bachelors course in business administration at Al Falah University in Faridabad, Haryana.

Officials of the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration also paid attention to Mavi’s performances, as Mavi met with the district magistrate, BN Singh, at his office on Wednesday afternoon.

“He is a promising player who is committed towards his game. I am sure he will play for the Indian team one day and make us proud. He continues to inspire other aspiring sportspersons,” BN Singh said.

After his meeting with the DM, Mavi was joined by his family members as they went to the Shani Temple at Sector 61 to seek blessings. Children from Mavi’s school also welcomed him with posters and banners.

“It is a proud moment for us as our son has returned from New Zealand after a phenomenal performance in the World Cup. We want our son to play for the Indian team,” Pankaj Mavi, father of Shivam Mavi, who is employed as a contractor with the Noida authority, said.

Mavi reached his house in C block of Shakti Apartments at Sector 71 around 4pm, where he was welcomed with Hindu rituals.

“I wish to express my gratitude for the love and support of my family, friends and people of Noida. My family supported me throughout the tournament,” Mavi said.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 23:34 IST