IPL 2023: “I was emotional, but I knew my time had come”: Shivam Mavi after becoming costliest uncapped player in IPL history

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Shivam Mavi

Two cricketers who had memorable performances at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 auction were fast bowlers Mukesh Kumar and Shivam Mavi. Both had long histories in the domestic circuit and were rewarded with solid payouts at the auction.

In particular, Mavi’s dream of representing India took a major step forward after he was purchased for INR 6 crore by the Gujarat Titans, making him the most expensive uncapped Indian player in history. Mavi had previously been a part of India’s Under-19 World Cup winning team in 2018 but was held back by injuries.

However, a strong comeback in 2022, with 14 wickets in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and another 10 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, helped earn him this recognition. On the other hand, Kumar was bought by the Delhi Capitals for INR 5.5 crore (approx. $750,000).

“When we play domestic games, we normally hit the bed early to get proper rest. But that day, because I heard the team was about to be announced, I was sitting in Saurabh [left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar] bhaiyya‘s room with Samarth [Singh]. As soon as I learnt of my selection, for a split second, everything came to a standstill. It was an amazing feeling. I was emotional, but I knew my time had come,” Mavi told ESPNCricinfo.

“When I got injured the second time, I was at the NCA and Rahul [Dravid] sir was also there. I was under pressure because of my repeated injuries. That’s when I sought him out and asked for his advice. He asked me to just keep my entire focus on the field of play. Injuries will come and go, but it is important to stay prepared for all opportunities that come your way.”