Durban Heat spinner Keshav Maharaj will remain wary of the Jozi Stars during Saturday’s Mzansi Super League clash at the Wanderers.
The Stars are the reigning champions of the MSL, having beaten the Cape Town Blitz in last year’s inaugural final. They have been ruled out of contention for a successive title this year, though, after seven consecutive defeats and a washout.
The Heat are still in contention for the 2019 title, after gathering three successive wins over the Cape Town Blitz, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Paarl Rocks.
‘The team are definitely on a high after the three wins in a row. But we cannot take anything for granted and, as the old cliche goes, you must beware of the wounded animal,’ said Maharaj.
‘The Stars have a strong lineup and we know that because they won the competition last year, so we will be wary of them.
‘We are just going to take it game by game and try and ride off the confidence that we have built over the last three games.’
Maharaj shared the new ball with seamer Kyle Abbott against Giants before being deployed later in the bowling attack versus the Rocks.
‘I enjoy taking the new ball because it is an opportunity to pick up wickets early but I make sure that I am ready for any situation,’ he added.
‘It’s important that you are ready to take the ball whenever and that’s what is exciting about T20 cricket.’