India U19 cricketer Shivam Mavi, who floored all the cricketing pundits with his bowling excellence, bowling at speeds of around 145 kmph, recently said that he sees Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, not as an idol, but as his competition in the Indian national cricket team. Mavi’s statement has come in contrast of other India U19 stars, who named Team India players as their idols and inspirations.
Shivam Mavi was a integral part of India U19 team who lifted the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup by defeating Australia in the final this month, which was held in New Zealand. On returning to India, Shivam Mavi received a warm welcome from his hometown in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Shivam Mavi views Hardik Pandya as a competitor
Shivam Mavi was asked whether he viewed any player in senior Team India as his competitor. Mavi replied and said, as reported by inUth, “Currently, I see Hardik Pandya as my competitor.”
Shivam Mavi had entered the limelight when he, along with India U19 teammate Kamlesh Nagarkoti, was spotted bowling in the ICC U19 World Cup at speeds of over 140 kmph. When Mavi was asked about his blinding bowling speed, he said that rather than being satisfied with his feat, he was looking to improve it even further, with an aim to touch the 150 kmph mark in his future games.
“I touched 145 kmph in the just concluded (ICC U-19)World Cup, now I am focusing on 150 kmph.”
Shivam Mavi added, “Besides speed, I know the art of how to swing in the air, I think this is the positive point I’ve.”
Focussed towards domestic cricket rather than IPL 2018
Shivam Mavi, who was bought by the Shahrukh Khan co-owned Indian Premier League franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for INR 3 crore, in the recently concluded IPL 2018 auctions, also said that his focus was more in performing well in domestic cricket, as the Indian team selectors pick more players from the domestic level for the national team, rather than picking them based on IPL performances.
“To get selected for the Indian national team, I would rather focus on performing at the domestic level rather than in the upcoming IPL season to grab the selectors’ eye. The more you play domestic cricket, the more chances you have to get picked for Indian national team.”
Besides Shivam, pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Delhi batsman Manjot Kalra, batsman Shubman Gill, India U19 captain Prithvi Shaw and Anukul Sudhakar Roy were also bought by illustrious teams in the IPL auctions.