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South Africa pacer Dale Steyn gets emotional after Shivam Mavi calls him his idol

South Africa pacer Dale Steyn gets emotional after Shivam Mavi calls him his idol

Kolkata Knight Riders' pacer Shivam Mavi was one of the brights prospects during the game against Punjab Kings at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Playing only his second game of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League, the right-arm fast bowler made an instant impact with the ball.

The 22-year-old youngster got rid of Universe Boss Chris Gayle in the 7th over. His match-up against Gayle has been beneficial to KKR. He bowled really well in the last game and also continued to bowl with the same momentum and confidence. For him to make such an impact and different is really superb.

The youngster bowled his full quota of 4 overs where he was the most economical bowler in the league. The right-arm fast pacer conceded only 13 runs at an impressive economy of 3.20. Let's not forget the fact that he was an integral member of the team that lifted the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup.

Roped in by KKR for INR 3 crores at the IPL 2018 auction, Shivam Mavi has been constantly hitting speeds in excess of 140 kmph. Since then, he has represented the franchise in 19 games wherein he picked up 16 wickets to his name at a bowling average of 32.

Dale Steyn sheds tears after Shivam Mavi calls him his idol

During the T20 Timeout Show which was hosted by ESPNCricinfo. South Africa's bowling machine Dale Steyn and Indian cricket expert Aakash Chopra were two stalwarts engaged in the show. During the show, Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Shivam Mavi named Dale Steyn as his idol. Mavi further added saying that he used to follow Steyn ever since he started playing the game. Even though he follows other great bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he considers Dale Steyn as his idol and there has been no doubt about it.

“Ever since I began playing the sport, I used to follow Dale Steyn very closely. When I started bowling, I used to be able to bowl outswingers and I used to follow Dale Steyn while trying to learn how to bowl. I follow the tactics of some other bowlers too, such as Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar, but my idol has always been Dale Steyn,” said Mavi during the show.

After hearing this, Steyn really got emotional and also added that if Mavi continues to play like this, he would don the Indian jersey soon. “It’s pretty amazing. Almost like he brings a tear to my eyes, to be honest with you, I am not going to lie. I never expected to play this game and have an impact on people that live at opposite ends of the world. I still play, which is still great, I still love playing.

But, that’s amazing. I hope that he (Mavi) can push on and these kinds of performances will get him into teams that he wants to play for, India, and also play a bigger part for Kolkata. I would love to get in touch with him at some point, that would be a dream come true for me too,” concluded Steyn.

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