Shivam Mavi is an Indian pace bowler who is known for bowling inswingers and yorkers. He was a member of the India Under-19 team which won the 2018 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. He has played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans in Indian Premier League.
Shivam Mavi was born on 26 November 1998 in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. He belongs to Seena village in Mawana tehsil of Meerut district, Uttar Pradesh. He played cricket in the streets during his childhood. His parents advised him to focus more on his studies and less on cricket; however, he persuaded them to allow him to keep on playing. He studied at City Public School, Noida.
At the age of ten, he started training at Billabong Academy in Noida under the coach Phoolchand Sharma. He initially started as a batsman; however, coach Sharma observed that he remained cool while batting but used to get aggressive while bowling. He suggested that Mavi could become a better bowler than a batsman and introduced him to the basics of fast bowling. He also trained under Anureet Singh, a pacer in Railways.
He played in many competitions for his school. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Al Falah University, Faridabad, Haryana.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 38″, Waist 30″, Biceps 12″
He belongs to a middle-class Gurjar family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Pankaj Mavi, and his mother’s name is Kavita Mavi. His father works as a private contractor in Noida Authority, and his mother is a homemaker. He has an elder sister named Shalu Mavi.
Wife & Children
He is unmarried.
He is single.
He follows Hinduism.
He lives in the C-block of Shakti flats in sector 71, Noida.
Shivam Mavi impressed the selectors with his fast bowling and was selected for Delhi under-14 team. He was hoping for selection to the Delhi under-16 team; however, when he was not selected, he moved to Uttar Pradesh where he was selected for the Uttar Pradesh under-16 team. He made his debut for the Uttar Pradesh team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on 19 September 2018 against Saurashtra. He took 5 wickets for 73 runs including a hattrick in the 50th over when he dismissed Chirag Jani, Arpit Vasavada, and Jaydev Unadkat.
He played his debut Ranji match for Uttar Pradesh on 1 November 2018 in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy against Goa and took 4 wickets for 25 runs in the first innings. In a match against Bengal in the 2022-23 Ranji Trophy, he took 6 wickets for 55 runs in the first innings and took 8 wickets for 120 runs in the match. He also played a few useful knocks with the bat.
India Under-19, Under-23, and India A
He played his debut match for the India Under-19 team on 23 July 2017 against England U-19 at Chesterfield, England. He performed well in a Zonal level Challengers tournament by taking 9 wickets in 4 matches which grabbed the attention of BCCI selectors. In December 2017, he was selected for the India Under-19 team for the 2018 Under-19 World Cup held in New Zealand. He performed wonderfully to help India win the Under-19 World Cup under the captain Prithvi Shaw and coach Rahul Dravid and took 9 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 18.88 and with an economy of 4.12.
— ICC (@ICC) January 17, 2018
He made his debut for India A team against the South Africa A team on 27 August 2018 in a match of the 2018 India Quadrangular Series. He played for the India Under-23 in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup.
He played his maiden T20I match on 3 January 2023 against Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. He took 4 wickets for 22 runs and helped India win the match by two runs. In another T20I match against Sri Lanka in January 2023, he scored 26 runs off 15 balls. In a match against New Zealand on 1 February 2023, he took 2 wickets for 12 runs.
Indian Premier League (IPL)
He was acquired by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 3 crores against the base price of Rs 20 lakhs in the auction for IPL 2018. He played his debut match in IPL on 14 April 2018 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the 2018 IPL, he took 5 wickets in 9 matches at an average of 54.00 and an economy of 9.64. He did not play in the 2019 IPL as he got injured. In the 2020 IPL, he took 9 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 23.55 and an economy of 8.15. In the 2021 IPL, he took 11 wickets in 9 matches at an average of 21.18 and an economy of 7.24. He also came up with his best bowling figures in IPL by claiming 4 wickets for 21 runs against Rajasthan Royals.
He was acquired by KKR again in the 2022 mega-auction for Rs 7.25 crores. In the 2022 IPL, he took 5 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 45.40 and an economy of 10.31.
𝘠𝘦𝘩 @ShivamMavi23 𝘬𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘺𝘭𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘪! 😉
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 20, 2022
In the auction for the 2023 IPL, he was acquired by Gujarat Titans for Rs 6 crores against the base price of Rs 40 lakhs. Upon his selection, he said that he was happy with his selection and that he wanted to be selected for the Gujarat Titans team. He said that he worked on his batting and also devised a special delivery to trouble the batsman. He also praised the other players and management of the franchise especially the captain Hardik Pandya and batsman Shubman Gill. He said,
I am very excited to play with Shubman. Obviously, it feels very good, since our Under-19 days we have played together. We played our U-19 series together, then the World Cup together, then we were at Kolkata Knight Riders together, then we played for India and now for Gujarat Titans. I wanted to be picked by the Gujarat Titans because I was excited to play with them. I had heard that the management and the captain here are very good. I have met all of them earlier. That nature and the atmosphere of the team is really good, that’s why I wanted to be picked by GT. I played with Hardik Bhaiya for India and he supported me a lot during my debut. He didn’t let me feel any pressure. Obviously when you play your first match there’s a lot of pressure on you but he told me to bowl without worrying. He advised me to bowl just like I did during IPL and Ranji. For a youngster, it feels great to have such support.”
He got injured on several occasions after the 2018 Under-19 World Cup and missed an entire season of cricket. He got diagnosed with an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury, then a stress reaction, and later with another injury. He spent 8 months at National Cricket Academy (NCA) to recover. It is speculated that he lost his pace marginally due to the injuries. He earlier used to bowl around 150 kmph, and after his recovery, he bowls around the speeds of 140 kmph. He worked hard on his fitness to make his body strong and thanked the NCA physios to help him with his recovery. He said,
I had great motivators at NCA. Anand Date, our trainer, I’ve known him since my Under-19 days, so there was familiarity. He understands my body better than anyone. He, Amit Tyagi (NCA physio) and Ashish Kaushik (NCA head physio) charted my recovery, step by step. It took me four months to come back to full rhythm.”
Age Fraud Allegations
In December 2019, a controversy erupted regarding his age as it was claimed that he, along with two other players, Nitish Rana and Manjot Kalra, have submitted fake documents during their selection for Under-16 and Under-19 teams. Mavi’s case was referred to BCCI which later cleared him of any fraud.
Code of Conduct Breach in IPL 2018
In a match against Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018, he uttered a few words towards the Delhi batsman Colin Munro after dismissing him for which he was charged with Level 1 offence under 2.1.7 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials by the match referee. He was not fined any fee; however, he accepted any sanctions imposed further.
He owns an Audi A5 and a BMW car.
Abbas’ net worth for the financial year 2022-2023 was estimated to be Rs. 40 crores.
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- His batting style is right-handed, and his bowling style is right-arm fast-medium.
- He is the third Indian bowler to take 4 wickets in a T20I debut match.
- His coach Phoolchand Sharma once described Mavi as a perfect package and said that he is also a good batsman and fielder.
- He said in an interview that he was focusing on bowling yorkers like Jasprit Bumrah and practices separately to master the technique of bowling yorkers.