South Africa’s frontline spinner Keshav Maharaj has expressed his desire to lead the Proteas team in any format of the game. Keshav Maharaj has been an exceptional performer for South Africa over the last few years and has established himself as the team’s most prominent spinner.
South African cricket is going through a transition at the moment. Faf du Plessis was stripped of the captaincy in the ODIs after South Africa’s poor outing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Du Plessis stepped down from Test and T20I captaincy in February with immediate effect to help facilitate the next generation of leaders within the team.
What backs Keshav’s bid for captaincy is the fact that he has a bit of experience as he was the Dolphins captain during their successful domestic One-Day Cup campaign this season. Dolphins were declared winners with Keshav Maharaj at the helm after Cricket South Africa (CSA) suspended the cricket season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Keshav Maharaj Open To Lead South Africa Across All Formats
“I’ve really enjoyed captaincy from the time I’ve been handed the opportunity this past season,” Maharaj was quoted as saying by sport24.
“I really want to captain the Proteas. It’s been my dream. Not a lot of people in the national setup actually know that, but the few who have approached me on the matter know that,” he added.
I Want To Lead South Africa To A World Cup Trophy: Keshav Maharaj
With CSA having made it clear that white-ball captain Quinton de Kock won’t be leading the Test side, Maharaj stated that his captaincy ambitions are not limited to Tests alone. “I’d like to captain the South African team across all three formats and I want to raise a World Cup trophy with my own hands, as the leader of the side,” he said.
“I didn’t merely want to play for the Proteas. Lifting that silverware has always been my childhood dream. I specifically asked what I needed to do to get back into the ODI side and was told that I need to work on my batting and stuff,” he added.
“So I went back and was fortunate enough to be the captain, which helped me gain some responsibility. I also got a few scores and wickets,” concluded Maharaj.