Keshav Maharaj expresses desire to be captain of South Africa
South African spinner Keshav Maharaj admitted that he’s been enjoying the holidays associated with lockdown. It’s become abundantly clear too that he utilized it to put the next phase of his international career in the upcoming days.
The left-arm spinner surprised the cricketing fraternity on Thursday by revealing that he would be more than enthusiastic to become captain of the national team, particularly in Tests. Although the Proteas don’t have a regular skipper in Tests for now.
His leadership qualities came to limelight after shepherding the Dolphins to the One Day Cup title. Although his team hardly managed to win the title but he did extremely well as a captain.
Though Maharaj is very important player on Proteas side prior to his ability and skills, but it’s hard truth that he has not been an indispensable part of the side. He is not regular in the Test format. The selectors are still taking time to decide. Rather he is seen regular in limited over cricket.
Maharaj has identified a potential way to bolster his career to become a fully-fledged all-rounder in as all formats for the Proteas. His 110 wickets at 33.19 is comparable to other spinners currently playing for the side regularly. But whether it’s world-beating numbers is a matter for justification.
As a result, Maharaj would need to nudge his batting average – still a lowly 15.30 – up to be regular on the side. “I really want to take my batting seriously and move to a bowling all-rounder or a full one so I can contribute evenly,” he said. “I know I am capable of scoring bigger runs.”
The past season certainly provided some encouraging signs in that regard. Both Maharaj’s Test fifties came in that time – a composed 72 against a vaunted Indian attack in Pune and a more swashbuckling 71 off 106 against England in Port Elizabeth after his first 73 deliveries only yielded 19 runs.
“In India, I got a taste of what it’s like to score an international fifty. I wanted to really kick on but it was a bit unfortunate to get out,” he said.
“My biggest problem was getting the first fifty so I now I want to try and kick on from that and get big hundreds and match-winning hundreds.”