Keshav Maharaj

South Africa|Bowler
Keshav Maharaj
INTL CAREER: 2016 - 2022
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Full Name

Keshav Athmanand Maharaj

Born

February 07, 1990, Durban, Natal

Age

32y 305d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Slow Left arm Orthodox

Playing Role

Bowler

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
Test4578901947141549/12912/28330.613.1358.5491
ODI262512971023283/253/2536.534.7346.3000
T20I2525503605222/212/2127.507.2122.8000
FC14925030593152555629/12913/15727.142.9954.418347
List A123120589646761555/345/3430.164.7538.0520
T20129123266929971054/154/1528.546.7325.4100
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test4571610328415.87170860.420412321140
ODI261321592814.4516795.200021140
T20I2561694113.8064107.810054120
FC149214273834114*20.50562068.22216467102550
List A123722086850*16.6997589.02017422420
T20129602959345*19.12495119.79005320430
Keshav Athmanand Maharaj
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Keshav Maharaj, brought in to replace Tabraiz Shamsi, was among the wickets
Lungi Ngidi rocked Zimbabwe with two wickets in the third over
Rain arrived as soon as the national anthems of the two sides were done
Stand-in captains assemble: Shikhar Dhawan shakes hands with Keshav Maharaj
Keshav Maharaj celebrates after picking up Ishan Kishan
It was a comfortable 49-run win for South Africa in the end