Keshav Maharaj is on the cover of the latest issue of SA Cricket magazine, which is now on sale in leading retail outlets.
Keshav Maharaj is on his way to becoming one of the Proteas’ greatest Test spinners. Only four spinners have taken 100 or more Test wickets for South Africa. Hugh Tayfield claimed 170 wickets in 37 Tests and is remembered as one of the finest off-break bowlers of the game. Left-arm spinners Paul Adams (134 in 45 matches), Paul Harris (103 in 37) and Nicky Boje (100 in 43) were less prolific over the course of their five-day careers.
That said, they were often tasked with playing supporting roles to the Proteas’ world-class pace attacks. According to those in the know, it’s a matter of when rather than if Maharaj joins that elite club. The 27-year-old left-armer has taken 43 wickets in his first 11 Tests, and counts top batsmen such as Steve Smith, Joe Root, Alastair Cook, Kusal Mendis, Jonny Bairstow (who he’s dismissed five times) and Ben Stokes among his victims. Maharaj took 17 wickets across the four Tests against England and finished fourth in the series rankings.
After less than a year at the elite level, he has turned more than a few heads.
Also in this issue:
– We discuss the new era under Ottis Gibson and what is to be expected
– Geoffrey Toyana speaks about being snubbed by the Proteas for the head coach position.
– We discuss AB de Villiers and his decision to return to Test cricket.
– The domestic season was analysed as the Titans lifted the One-Day Cup Trophy and the CSA T20 Challenge trophy, while the Knights were crowned Sunfoil Series champions.
– We focus on how women’s cricket will be taken more seriously after the Proteas Women‘s performance in the World Cup.
– We preview the inaugural T20 Global League.
– South Africa continues to lose players to England, while youngsters look to gain experience
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