Shivam Mavi
Shivam Mavi sees Hardik Pandya as his competition in the Indian team.

19-year old Shivam Mavi is living the dream; he had his hands on the U-19 world cup and was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 3 crore in the IPL auction.

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The cricketer impressed one and all with his ability to bowl consistently at 145 kmph during the tournament.

Rahul Dravid, India U19 Coach, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, ICC U19 World Cup trophy, New Zealand
Rahul Dravid has been a calm and composed figure. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Just like his teammates, Shivam too wants to represent his country one day. He was welcomed in style in his hometown Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

And many of the aspirants look up to him for inspiration. In a candid interview with inUth, Mavi said he sees Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya as his competition. Pandya has been an integral part of the Indian side for quite some time now.

Hardik Pandya is My Competitor - Shivam Mavi
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“Currently, I see Hardik Pandya as my competitor.” On his impressive speed, Mavi said he wants to go one notch higher and touch the 150-mark.

“I touched 145 kmph in the just concluded (ICC U-19)World Cup, now I am focusing on 150 kmph.Besides speed, I know the art of how to swing in the air, I think this is the positive point I’ve,” Shivam added.

Rahul Dravid, Pakistan U19, India U19, Shaheen Afridi, Khyber Agency,
Wards of Rahul Dravid are right into the selfie mood. Photo Credit: Web/Twitter.

Mavi’s priorities are sorted

The youngster has got his priorities in place and wants to play for his state to make a bid for an international berth.

He said that performing well in the domestic circuit will keep him in the good books of the selectors. He further mentioned that more experience in the domestic set-up would give him a better shot at playing for the nation.

“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.”

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