Subscription Subscription
Home > Sports News > Cricket News > Article > ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Spinners will play key role feels South African spinner Keshav Maharaj

ICC T20 World Cup 2024: "Spinners will play key role", feels South African spinner Keshav Maharaj

Updated on: 10 February,2024 04:26 PM IST  |  Mumbai
mid-day online correspondent |

The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 will be the ninth edition of the T20 global showpiece and will be hosted jointly by the West Indies and the USA. "Spinners will play a crucial role in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Wickets are getting better and boundaries are getting shorter", Keshav Maharaj

ICC T20 World Cup 2024:

Keshav Maharaj (Pic: AFP)

South Africa's star spinner Keshav Maharaj is confident that slow bowlers will play a key role in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 starting in June.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 will be the ninth edition of the T20 global showpiece and will be hosted jointly by the West Indies and the USA. 

"Spinners will play a crucial role in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Wickets are getting better and boundaries are getting shorter. There is much need for a spinner in the team to provide control and variety," Keshav Maharaj said in an interview.

Also Read: "He was labelled as a white-ball cricketer without asking him", Shastri on Bumrah's Test career

"Hopefully, these T20 platforms can give spinners even bigger role to players coming to the international stage," he added. Keshav Maharaj played a crucial role in South Africa's ODI World Cup 2023 campaign in India last year. He bagged 14 wickets in nine matches including a four-wicket haul against New Zealand. In the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, Maharaj will be a key player for Proteas.

The 34-year-old feels that the key recipe to his success is being a "street smart" cricketer. And he now wants to guide the next generation of slow left-arm orthodox bowlers in South African ranks.

"You have to be street smart to succeed in T20 as a left-arm spinner. Do your homework. There is a need for any left-arm or right arm or finger spinner to complement each other.

"If I can help the youngsters in this art of finger spin, I would like to believe that there will be some sort of motivation for them to continue with it and progress to higher level in international cricket," said Maharaj. Maharaj, a vital member of the Proteas T20 team, feels the shortest format is essential for the growth and development of the game.

"I haven't had IPL experience as yet but have been involved in SA20 and it is very good for the game. It is really drawing a lot of good exposure for the fans. It is also a nice incentive for local cricketers to rub shoulders with the best in the world," he said.

Also Read: IND vs ENG Tests: Kohli opts out, Rahul and Jadeja make return in squad

On the personal front, he is also working on his batting skills besides honing his primary craft.

"I am working on my power-hitting as well because I know that I possess this ability. I hope to do well in both batting and bowling in near future," Maharaj said. 

He is a true devotee of Lord Ram and he loves the devotional tune "Ram Siya Ram" to be played when he goes out to bat. It is a request put forth by him to all the DJs in that stadium.

Recently, during the Cape Town test against India, a video that had gone viral on social media saw Virat Kohli folding hands when the song was played. Kohli also posed as if he pulled a bowstring.

He hailed the consecration ceremony at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya and hopes to visit the sacred place in his next India visit. "I come from a very religious and spiritual family where religion and spirituality were taught to me but never forced upon. I just felt that it gives me guidance and perspective of life in tough situations. I follow the belief and very entwined with my religion and my spirituality," said the Durban-born cricketer.

"I do celebrate all the Hindu festivals at home. I send messages across whatever belief you have, it is important to have some belief in life," said Maharaj, who shared a special message on social media on Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha day in Ayodhya on January 22.

Maharaj's great-grandfather hailed from Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh and migrated to Durban in 1874 as an indentured labourer. "I am a very staunch devotee of Lord Ram and something of that magnitude to happen is something special. It doesn't happen in many places around the world so I was quite excited that it did happen," he said.

"I am sure if I do come to India in near future and if time allows, I would love to make a trip to Ayodhya," said the captain of Durban SuperGiants, a sister franchise of Lucknow SuperGiants in South Africa T20 League.

(With PTI Inputs)

"Exciting news! Mid-day is now on WhatsApp Channels Subscribe today by clicking the link and stay updated with the latest news!" Click here!

Register for FREE
to continue reading !

This is not a paywall.
However, your registration helps us understand your preferences better and enables us to provide insightful and credible journalism for all our readers.

Mid-Day Web Stories

Mid-Day Web Stories

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK