Shivam Mahi with MS Dhoni after the KKR vs CSK match at Eden Gardens Image: Twitter
MS Dhoni may have stepped down as Team India captain, but the World Cup-winning skipper continues to play a huge role in the development of young cricketers in the country. And Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) 19-year-old pacer Shivam Mahi is the latest example of Mahi's willingness to go the extra mile to help budding stars out.
Mavi faced off against Mahi during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and KKR at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. After the match, Mahi took time off his busy schedule to share some of his experience with the player from the opposite team. Needless to say, Mavi was elated.
The right-arm fast bowler, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, played a key role in India U-19 team's ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018-winning campaign and was subsequently picked up by KKR and has made his place his own in the team. After his meeting with Mahi, the youngster took to Twitter to express his delight and gratitude.
"The pieces of advice you gave me after the match are highly appreciated and words can neither qualify nor quantify your guidance and useful advice. Your perseverance, integrity and people-loving nature are just a few of your qualities that continue to inspire me. #Mahibhai," he wrote.
The pieces of advice you gave me after the match are highly appreciated and words can neither qualify nor quantify your guidance and useful advice. Your perseverance, integrity and people-loving nature are just a few of your qualities that continue to inspire me. #Mahibhai♥️ pic.twitter.com/CfRB2mTDnD— Shivam Mavi (@ShivamMavi23) May 4, 2018
Mavi, who can reach speeds around 145kmph with the ball, is regarded as a bright future prospect for Team India and may end up leading the Indian bowling attack. And tips from someone like Mahi at such a young age will only help him reach his full potential.
This isn't the first time Mahi has been seen helping out players from opposition teams in the ongoing IPL season. Earlier, the former India captain was also seen handing out wicketkeeping tips to Mumbai Indians youngster Ishan Kishan.