A week after he was snapped up by the Gujarat Titans for a whopping Rs 6 crore in the IPL mini auction, Mavi celebrated another pivotal moment in his career when he was selected to India’s T20 team. Tune for the next three T20Is against Sri Lanka, starting January 3 in Mumbai.
The 24-year-old is extremely confident that he will not let Hardik down.
“Hardik Pandya supports every player. He is a great leader. It was difficult to be the IPL champion in the first game but he did. He led the Gujarat Titans from the front. and became a champion. He was a calm leader but made some bold decisions,” the 24-year-old told PTI in an exclusive interview.
“As a captain, Hardik bhai is shrewd and a master tactician. He knows exactly who to pitch to when and who to promote in the batting order. I know it won’t be easy. It’s easy for me but I just hope to get a match, perform there and go to India often.”
But the journey to the national team has not been easy for Mavi after a difficult 2022 IPL season with Kolkata Knight Riders, where he only managed to score 5 goals in 6 games at an economic rate of 10, 31 after earning Rs 7.25 crore.
He goes back to the net and works hours to bring variations in his bowling, especially death bowling skills and to bring hitters and yorkers into his repertoire.
The efforts seem to have paid off as Mavi has influenced Uttar Pradesh in this year’s domestic whiteball tournaments, winning 10 times in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 and scoring 14 times. in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
“I’m not doing anything different. I’m just working hard on the net. I know I can create speed, so just focus on putting variations into my bowling. That’s already done. paid off as I became more consistent this year,” said Mavi.
“A lot of senior players in the Uttar Pradesh team helped me like Anureet Singh, Parwinder Awana, also from Noida. They taught me how to play bowls, how to plan everything.”
Mavi, a key member of India’s U-19 team that won the 2018 World Cup alongside Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw, said the patient approach paid off in the end. He also had to deal with injuries at the start of his career.
“It’s a great feeling and a proud moment to represent your country. Shubman and Prithvi made their India debuts before me but I know it’s all about the right timing. Each individual is different. has his luck and timing,” he said.
Despite a below-average performance in the previous IPL, Mavi is confident of a good price in this year’s IPL mini-auction and also getting the team of his choice.
“Yes, I was expecting something around Rs 5 and 6 crore. It was the result of my steady performances. I always wanted to join GT because I heard that their management is very good. GT there’s Hardik bhai and (Ashish) Nehra bhai, the game’s two best thinkers,” he said.
During his founding years, Mavi started out as a top hitter but became a full-fledged fast pitcher under his childhood coach Phoolchand Sharma.
“I started out as a hitter but I used to hit the ball on the net as well but then I realized I didn’t have the batting skills to be a real hitter. After a while Over time, I began to realize that bowling was more suitable for me than batting.
Mavi, who idolizes South Africa’s great speed Dale Steyn, said: “Becoming a full-blown bowler would have been a better choice for me.
Phoolchand Sharma was delighted after Mavi’s call in India.
“Shivam came to me when he was 10 years old. He started out as a hitter but he also hit the ball in the net from time to time and was a very aggressive pitcher. a boxer and a big player. He plays very well under pressure.” Sharma said.