Indian pace bowler Shivam Mavi recently shared that he received a phone call from Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan ahead of his Team India debut. However, Mavi was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), a team co-owned by Shah Rukh, at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction before the 2018 edition. He spent five seasons with them before being released in 2022 as well.
Mavi said about Shah Rukh during an interview with his former India U-19 teammate Manjot Kalra: “He (Shah Rukh Khan) is very helpful. He has given me his contact number and said I can contact him anytime. I received a phone call from him ahead of my India debut as well. The franchise is a different thing, but it was a personal conversation. I felt really good after that.”
However, Shivam Mavi made his India debut in the T20I series opener against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in January of 2023. He claimed a stunning four-wicket haul. Shivam Mavi also opened up on how Shah Rukh Khan motivated the KKR players after they lost a match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as well.
“He is a legend. KKR had lost a match against CSK. Both Shubman Gill and I were not part of the playing XI for the game. We were sitting in the dressing room. He (Shah Rukh Khan) came into the dressing room and told us to cheer up. He said that winning or losing is fine; the happiness of the players is the most important. When an owner does something like this, it is a great confidence booster for the players,” Shivam Mavi concluded.