Star Indian all-rounder Shivam Mavi picked up nine wickets and played a big role in India's victorious world cup winning campaign recently. A stellar performance helped him earn his maiden call-up in the Indian Premier League when he was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for 3 crores.
He recently spoke to Mid Day regarding his future plans where he said "IPL will be a good challenge because now people will be expecting more since I bowled well in the U-19 World Cup. But my ultimate target is to play at the top level and represent India."
Speaking about his IPL plans with KKR Mavi quoted "I know if I perform well on this stage [IPL], it will help me get to the next level. Selectors watch IPL, so I will try my best," Mavi, who brought by Kolkata Knight Riders for R3 crore, told mid-day yesterday. When asked about handling pressure, he said: "I've observed that if I prepare well, I am able to perform without any pressure. It worked for our team during the U-19 World Cup too. To reach the next level, a player needs to go through a good learning process than just hard work. Knowing how to bowl to a particular batsman or which ball should be avoided makes a big difference. The quicker you learn, the better the results."
Being the pace spearhead of the Indian U19 team, Mavi now wants to take his game a level up. He is now considering a selection in the Indian senior team and is taking rapid strides towards that.
Regarding achieving his goal he said " Whatever matches I play, I will try and find aspects that are crucial to take wickets. One should have good fitness to take wickets. I have worked on my fitness a lot for the last one year and it has helped me increase my pace. I will continue giving the same importance to fitness," Mavi concluded.