The young Indian player stunned Sri Lanka with a brilliant performance, outplaying players like Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda, and Umran Malik. Ajay Jadeja has backed him to become as one of Hardik Pandya’s most trustworthy choices.
India maintained their home unblemished record against Sri Lanka with a thrilling two-run victory in the first T20I. Axar Patel defended 12 off the final over as Hardik Pandya and company withstood an assault from Dasun Shanaka and then a scare from Chamika Karunaratne. For India, there were a number of significant contributions, including Deepak Hooda and Axar getting significant runs in the lower order, as well as Umran Malik taking two wickets. However, Shivam Mavi’s single contribution caught everyone’s attention when she blazed through her debut with 4/22.
Mavi’s life has been very eventful during the past 15 days. At the IPL 2023 auction, he was purchased by the defending champion Gujarat Titans for 6 crore, making the India fast the most expensive uncapped acquisition ever. Mavi was then given his India cap and received his first international call-up. A wicket was taken by Mavi in his first over, clean bowling Pathum Nissanka for a cheap score, and he then sent back Dhananjaya de Silva in his second. According to Ajay Jadeja, the fact that he picked up the wicket in both overs after being hit for two straight boundaries says a lot about his confidence.The former India cricketer was especially taken aback by Mavi’s capacity to carry on, stick to his course, and remain composed while getting taken for runs.
“It was encouraging to observe that a young player participating in his first game typically begins to think defensively after taking a few bounds. He also had a strong run. It’s been a terrific month for him; a captain who is now in charge of India chose him. He thus feels desired. There are many who have stood up for him. And now he enters the fray, taking 4 wickets in his debut match. It’s a day to keep in mind. In his first game, he had a significant impact. The 18th over was followed by another, and in all 4 of them, he had a wicket “On Cricbuzz, Jadeja stated.
Mavi was expertly moved by Hardik after he claimed two wickets in just two overs. He came back and bowled the 15th and 18th overs, succeeding in both instances. He removed Wanindu Hasaranga, who was starting to pose a threat, and then Maheesh Theekshana’s wicket. According to Jadeja, Mavi’s special ability to bowl in various parts of the game might be a deal-breaker and quickly turn the 24-year-old into one of Pandya’s go-to weapons in the future.