IPL 2021: Steyn gets emotional after Mavi calls the Proteas pacer his idol
It is always a great feeling when someone calls you their inspiration or idol. This is the kind of feeling which cannot be put in words because it is so special and it means a lot to the player who gets this compliment.
Meanwhile, one such awesome moment was witnessed during the T20 Timeout Show hosted by ESPNCricinfo. South Africa’s speed gun Dale Steyn and Indian cricket analyst Aakash Chopra were the two experts who featured in the show.
During the show, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer Shivam Mavi labelled Proteas pacer Dale Steyn as his idol. Mavi highlighted that he had followed the footprints of Steyn ever since he started stepping foot in the game.
The 22-year-old youngster explained how he used to follow his idol and learn how to bowl. Mavi also added that even though he follows other pacers like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, his idol has always been the South African bowling great.
“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.
Dale Steyn gets emotional listening to Shivam Mavi
After hearing this wonderful speech, Proteas pacer became emotional as he shed tears. Steyn went on to add saying that Mavi’s words brought a tear to his eye. The South African legend also said he never expected that he would go on to have an impact on people in various parts of the globe.
Steyn added that if Mavi continues to perform like this, he will go on to play for Team India. The South African bowling legend concluded by stating that he would love to get in touch with Shivam Mavi in the near future.
“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.