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Shivam Mavi Biography | The Young Master of Inswing Deliveries

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The Under-19 World Cup 2018 was a breakout tournament for a handful of Indian wonderkids. Some of them have already made their mark in the IPL a few even made their international debut. One of the most appreciated aspects of the World Cup was India’s fierce fast bowling led by the famous duo – Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi. Both of them pierced through each one of the opposition’s batting at an unbelievable speed touching 145 kmph. This is the inspiring story of Shivam Mavi – the journey of an 8-year-old becoming the future of Indian fast bowling.

Shivam Mavi Wikipedia

Full Name
Shivam Pankaj Mavi 
22 years
Sport Category
Date of Birth
26 November 1998 
Noida, Uttar Pradesh 
175 c.m
60 kg
Phoolchand Sharma 
Hattrick on the opening day of the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy in September 2018 for U.P against Saurashtra. 4 Wickets on Ranji debut against Goa
$1Million - $5 Million
Father: Pankaj Mavi. Mother: Kavitha Mavi 
Batting Style
Right-Hand Bat
Bowling Style
Right-handed fast-medium 
Teams Played for
India U19, Uttar Pradesh, Indian Board Presidents XI, Board Presidents XI, India A, India U23, Kolkata Knight Riders 
IPL Debut
KKR vs SRH, April 14, 2018 
Alma Mater
City Public School, Noida

Shivam Mavi Early Days

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The 8-year-old boy surprised coach Phoolchand Sharma when his father Pankaj Mavi introduced him. Such a small-kid taking a run-up and bowling with proper action impressed Phoolchand and he started to train him as a fast-bowler even though Mavi wanted to become a batsman. His professional career began when he got selected in the Delhi U14 squad. His skill and performance were a step ahead of any one of his age. But it was heartbreaking to find out that his name wasn’t included in the Delhi U16 squad regardless of consistently good performances. This incident urged him to switch bases to Greater Noida and join Delhi Wanderers Cricket Academy. There, he improved dramatically under experienced cricketers like Anureet Singh and Parwinder Awana.

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The Rise of Shivam Mavi

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India’s Under-19 coach, Rahul Dravid noticed Shivam Mavi’s bowling in the National Cricket Academy nets. It yielded him an opportunity to play for the Under-19 side of India. His amazing figures including two wickets in the debut match against England U19 sealed his spot in the U19 team and went on to play the World Cup at New Zealand. As we know, the Under-19 World Cup is the biggest stage for exposure of young talent. The finest teenage cricketers prove their path through the World Cup performance and Shivam Mavi did exactly that. He got nine wickets in the tournament bowling economically at a rate of 4.12 runs per over.

Rahul Dravid with India Under-19 speedster Shivam Mavi KreedOn
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The sharpest weapon in his arsenal is the inswinger. Batsmen had a tough time tracing the line of the ball which is released at a pace of 145 kmph and swinging far into the stumps. In the first match of the tournament against Australia, he nearly bowled a 149 kmph delivery which shook former cricketers including Ian Bishop and Sourav Ganguly. Pairing up with his partner Kamlesh Nagarkoti, they were arguably the best fast-bowling duo India ever had in a U19 tournament. As the tournament went on its course, the IPL auction for the 2018 season happened. Mavi who had a base price of 20 lakhs was sold to KKR for 3 crores.  

Shivam Mavi IPL

Shivam Mavi KreedOn
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Mavi made his IPL debut against SRH in the 2018 season. For KKR, it was a tournament dominated by their spinners so Mavi did nothing exceptional in the matches he played. He took 5 wickets from 9 matches at an average of 54. Not the start he expected to have considering the way he played the U19 World Cup. To make things worse he couldn’t appear in the 2019 edition due to an injury. But the 2020 IPL was a decent one as he scalped nine wickets from eight matches at an average of 23.55. Clearly KKR’s usage of Shivam hasn’t been effective but they still believe in making the most out of him in the coming years.

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Shivam Mavi Domestic campaign

Shivam Mavi KreedOn
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After a mediocre 2018 IPL performance, Mavi made his List A debut in a Quadrangular Series played between A sides of Australia, South Africa, and two Indian sides. His first-ever List A match for Uttar Pradesh was in the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy against Saurashtra. Mavi brought in a solid performance grabbing a hattrick announcing his arrival in the domestic circuit. His Ranji Trophy advent was even more delightful. A debut 4 wicket haul against Goa to bowl them out for just 152 and a five-wicket haul in the very next match against Odisha. So far, Mavi only played six First-Class matches in which he took 25 wickets counting a fifer and three 4-wicket hauls. He also made some valuable runs at the end of the innings and presented himself as a bowling all-rounder.  

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Legends of the game heaped praise on young Mavi so early in his career. Former Australian speedster Brett Lee defined him as the future of Indian bowlers. But his performance in IPL needs to be more clinical because the competition among Indian fast bowlers is tighter than ever. Keeping up with these domestic stats may or may not earn him a place in the national side but IPL is the test every world-class bowler should pass. Shivam Mavi is such a prospect and Indian cricket has high hopes for him. 

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Shivam Mavi stats


Format Matches Wickets Economy Average Best Bowling 
IPL 20 16 8.56 33.69 2/15 


Format Matches Innings Runs HS Average SR 
IPL 20 8 28 9 4.67 77.78 


  • Shivam Mavi age

22 years

  • Shivam Mavi IPL price 2021

After an excellent performance in the U19 World Cup, Shivam Mavi was quick to grab attention in the IPL Auction. He was ultimately picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for 3 crores in 2021. (Shivam Mavi IPL 2020 price – 3 cr)

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  • Shivam Mavi Bowling Speed

He bowls with an average speed of 140+ km/hr

  • Shivam Mavi height

1.75 m

  • Shivam Mavi fastest ball

149.86 km/hr

  • Shivam Mavi cast


  • Shivam Mavi village

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

  • Shivam Mavi IPL team

Kolkata Knight Riders

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