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Keshav Maharaj
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Keshav Maharaj

South Africa|Bowler
Keshav Maharaj

INTL CAREER: 2016 - 2021

Full Name

Keshav Athmanand Maharaj

Born

February 07, 1990, Durban, Natal

Age

31y 169d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

A left-arm spinner from Northwood Boys High, the alma mater of Shaun Pollock, Keshav Maharaj emerged at a time when South Africa began to take spin seriously. For several seasons in the mid 2010s, spinners were among the leading wicket-takers in South Africa's first-class competition. Maharaj was among them in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons and was rewarded with an international call-up the following summer.

In his youth, Maharaj was a pace bowler, whose father played for Natal B during segregation years. He turned to spin on a whim in the nets one afternoon at school. He found that it worked and stuck to it. Maharaj's secret was his accuracy. At the Dolphins, he was able to combine that with an ability to take wickets at key moments.

During the opening first-class match of the 2016-17 season, Maharaj picked up 13 for 157, and was then told he would be on South Africa's Test tour to Australia. Maharaj debuted at the WACA, an unusual place for a spinner, given the conditions, but did a remarkable job. In an innings in which he had to hold one end when Dale Steyn was injured, Maharaj bowled well enough to allow the other two seamers to be rotated at the other side. He took 3 for 56 in the first innings, four in the match, and scored an unbeaten 41 to show great promise for the future.

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Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test3665783441671299/12912/28332.303.1960.70471
ODI1111601496133/253/2538.154.9546.20000
FC13923629234146285349/12913/15727.393.0054.7018327
List A106104509840671375/345/3429.684.7837.20520
T201049821662392834/154/1528.816.6226.00100
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test365767397314.49128957.33038118100
ODI1150631912.6058108.62008010
FC139200273541114*20.46520168.0821542599510
List A106621773850*16.3984087.85015820380
T20104542852445*20.15431121.57004816310
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Photos


Andy Balbirnie nicks Keshav Maharaj to Janneman Malan at slip
Keshav Maharaj tosses one up
Keshav Maharaj celebrates after dismissing Paul Stirling
Wiaan Mulder's one-handed stunner to dismiss Joshua Da Silva gives Keshav Maharaj his hat-trick
Keshav Maharaj and Anrich Nortje celebrate a wicket
Keshav Maharaj is mobbed by his team-mates