South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj is on cloud nine after the last few events in his professional career. Not so long ago, he scored a hat-trick in Test cricket and also proved his strength in the 50-over format.
Recently, Maharaj has been named in South Africa’s 15-man squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, despite not having played a single T20I match before being selected. The Proteas management stated that the inclusion of Maharaj in the outfit offers the team as well as leadership advantage.
‘Kesh is an excellent leader. He has the support of the team and us as a panel. He more than proved his leadership skills in setting up Dolphins and strengthened our good decision during the one-day series against Sri Lanka, which ended on Tuesday. ” CSA convener of selectors, Victor Mpitsang said during the announcement of the Proteas group as quoted by SuperSport.
Just a day after the announcement of the team, Maharaj is playing his first T20I match for South Africa and impresses everyone with his incredible bowling performance.
The Durban boy bowled excellently during his T20I debut Sri Lanka, who conceded just 19 runs in his quota of 4 overs while conceding a wicket on the very first ball of his game. Maharaj in particular was also at the forefront, and South Africa won the series opener.
The visitors, who defended 163/5, limited Sri Lanka to 135/6 in their allotted 20 overs and won the match by 28 runs. After the match, Maharaj expressed his happiness and said that he always wanted to play the shortest format for his country.
‘Very happy, brilliant show everywhere. I always wanted to play T20 cricket. I may be 31, but I feel like I’m 21. I’m just trying to do my best and start my place in the World Cup, ” said the left-wing tree in the submission after the game Friday.
Maharaj also added that he has always looked up to Indian legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to become an international cricketer. He calls Dravid a ‘gentleman’ of the game.
‘I always looked up to Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. I tried to imitate myself on Dravid, he was such a gentleman. He went under Sachin’s radar and was a big player in the game, ‘ added Maharaj.