In 2023, Team India will play Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I series. India’s skipper for the aforementioned series is Hardik Pandya, and a few youngsters are on the team.
One of the team’s younger members is Shivam Mavi. Mavi made a name for himself at the U19 World Cup in 2018 when he took nine wickets in six matches and helped India win the tournament.
Mavi has played T20 cricket domestically and in the IPL since then, gaining a lot of experience in the process. His outstanding performances have earned him a spot on the national team.
In light of this, the following is a look at the three reasons why Shivam Mavi must make his debut in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka:
#1 Shivam Mavi can bowl at an express pace
Shivam Mavi is one of the few Indian pacers who can bowl at an express pace. Shivam Mavi is one of the best bowlers in the game. He regularly clocked 145 km/h.
He was awarded the prize for bowling the ball at the fastest speed in an IPL 2022 match against the Rajasthan Royals, 147.8 kilometers per hour.
Any team benefits from having fast bowlers, and Mavi’s raw pace can agitate batsmen.
Mavi could be a welcome addition to the Indian team in 2023 if he can bend his back and pick up wickets with the new ball in a T20 game with only four overs to bowl.
#2 Impressive record in domestic T20 cricket and the IPL
Shivam Mavi has played in four IPL seasons and is familiar with playing in last-minute matches. In four seasons of IPL cricket, he has taken 30 wickets at an average of 31.4.
Although his economy rate of 8.71 is slightly higher than average, it has the potential to rise as he participates in more matches and gains more experience.
He has an impressive record even in domestic T20s, taking 46 wickets in 46 matches at an impressive average of 27.86. He’s good at taking wickets with the new ball.
Mavi is expected to make his debut for Team India in 2023 and has extensive domestic T20 cricket experience.
#3 Inconsistent performance and injuries to Indian pacers in recent T20Is
Following the failures at the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup 2022 and managing the workload, particularly for fast bowlers, the Indian team management may look for new players for different formats.
India will look for pacers for the T20 World Cup 2024, which will be held in the Caribbean and the United States in June 2024.
Team India has discovered a gem in Arshdeep Singh, a reliable bowler in the final overs. In the shortest format, Umran Malik has not yet solidified his place in the Indian team.
Injuries plagued Deepak Chahar’s international career. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling ability has diminished over the past few years.
Mohammed Shami may only be considered for Tests and T20Is because it is unlikely that he will play in T20Is.
Avesh Khan’s international career has started off poorly. Harshal Patel has also been on and off the team, failing to make the national team on a regular basis.
Therefore, with the exception of Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh, none of the pacers merit automatic selection in the eleven playing for T20Is.
Shivam Mavi has a rare chance to make the Indian T20I squad on a regular basis and secure his place in the team. He will be led by the skilled Hardik Pandya in the upcoming T20I series and IPL 2023.
With his impressive bowling, Mavi could earn the trust of his captain and be given a regular spot in the Indian T20I team.