Noida pacer Shivam Mavi takes a long stride, enters Rs 3cr club
Mavi’s base price at the IPL bid was ₹20 lakh and him being sold for ₹3 crore did not come as a surprise, as he is one of the most promising youngsters in the Indian cricket.Updated: Jan 28, 2018 22:41 IST
It took raw pace of 146km per hour, deadly yorkers that uprooted stumps and an ability to reverse swing the ball which caught the attention of the world cricket as 19-year-old Noida pacer Shivam Mavi was bought on Sunday for a whopping ₹3 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Growing leaps and bounds on the international cricket arena, Mavi is currently playing for the Indian team at the Under-19 Cricket World Cup at New Zealand and has bagged five wickets in three matches.
Mavi’s base price at the IPL bid was ₹20 lakh and him being sold for ₹3 crore did not come as a surprise, as he is one of the most promising youngsters in the Indian cricket.
At Mavi’s house in Sector 71, the phones have not stopped ringing. There is a horde of mediapersons, relatives, coaches and well-wishers waiting impatiently to congratulate his father, Pankaj Mavi, a private contractor with Noida authority. His family, wife Kavita Mavi, son Shivam Mavi and daughter Shalu Mavi, stay in a two-room flat in Shakti Apartments. The family came to Noida from from Sina village in Mawana area of Meerut.
People are congratulating Mavi’s father, and talking about and how the IPL bid will change the family’s fortunes. Some are thanking his previous coach Phool Chand for his efforts while some believe that his current coach Rahul Dravid is responsible for recognising the talent in Mavi. However, the best insight to Mavi’s life was provided by his closest friend and a club-level batsman, Uttam Chaudhary. He has trained with Mavi for the past eight years at Wanderers Cricket Club in Noida.
“This fame totally belongs to Mavi because he has dedicated his entire life to cricket. He is obsessed with the game and it was visible all these years. Even after gruelling training sessions, whenever we tried to talk about other things, Mavi would only speak of cricket. He had no other hobbies or interests,” said Chaudhary.
Pankaj Mavi said, “Usually, 15-16 year old boys love to ride bikes but my son’s interest was only in cricket. Once, he had asked me to drop him to a cricket academy in Hoshiyarpur. When I declined, he walked all the way to the academy as he did not want to miss his practice session.”
Mavi’s family and friends’ chests swell with pride and all say he is humble.
“I am proud of my friend who had no source or connection and he made it through his passion. He was noticed by Dravid in the National Cricket Academy camp and he impressed everyone with his skills. His performances in Challengers Trophy and U-19 World Cup are just add-ons,” Chaudhary said.
Mavi’s family has full faith in his coach, Rahul Dravid, whom Pankaj considers as a guardian. “I am happy that my son is training under Rahul Dravid, who is a remarkable human being. He had advised him to focus on the big tournaments such as World Cup and not think too much about money. He is young and Dravid is acting as his responsible guardian at the moment,” Pankaj said.
As Shivam’s father was giving bytes to TV reporters, his mother Kavita was busy wiping off the dust from the dozens of trophies won by her son.
She proudly displays a 10-year-old rusty trophy which her son had won in a local U-11 cricket tournament.
First Published: Jan 28, 2018 22:41 IST