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Keshav Maharaj’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroSouth African cricketer
Is Athlete 
Cricketer 
From South Africa 
Type Sports 
Gendermale
Birth 7 February 1990, Durban, eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Age:30 years
Star sign Aquarius

Keshav Athmanand Maharaj (born 7 February 1990), popularly as Keshav Maharaj is an international South African Test cricketer of Indian descent who has played first-class cricket since 2006. He made his Test debut in November 2016.

Domestic career

A left-arm orthodox spinner and useful lower-order batsman, Maharaj made his first-class debut at the age of 16 for KwaZulu-Natal in 2006-07. He was promoted to the Dolphins team in 2009-10.

He toured Bangladesh with the South Africa Academy in April–May 2010, taking 13 wickets in the two four-day matches against Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy. He also took 4 for 12 off four overs, opening the bowling, in one of the T20 matches. He played for South Africa A against the touring Bangladesh A team in 2010-11.

His best season with the bat so far has been 2012-13, when he made 481 first-class runs at an average of 48.10, including two centuries. For KwaZulu-Natal against Northerns he made 114 not out off 119 balls and finished off the match by taking 5 for 12.

For Dolphins against Cape Cobras in 2014-15 he took his best innings and match figures to that point: 6 for 58 and 10 for 145. Dolphins won, and he received the man of the match award. He finished the season with 44 first-class wickets at an average of 26.18.

He played for Cuckfield in the Sussex Premier League in 2013, and as Nelson’s professional in the Lancashire League in 2015. He was included in the KwaZulu-Natal cricket team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.

In the first match of the 2016-17 season, playing for the Dolphins against the Warriors, he scored 72 then took 7 for 89 and 6 for 68 in an innings victory for the Dolphins, the first time he had taken seven wickets in an innings or 13 in a match.

International career

In October 2016 he was named in South Africa’s squad for their series against Australia. He made his Test debut against the Australians on 3 November 2016 and was very instrumental in the collapse of Australian batting in the first innings by picking up three crucial wickets and also became the first specialist spinner to debut at Perth.

On 10 March 2017, against New Zealand he took his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. This fifer is only the seventh five-for by a South African spinner in Tests against New Zealand as well.

In April 2017, he was named in South Africa’s One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against England and the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

In May 2017, he was named International Newcomer of the Year at Cricket South Africa’s annual awards.

International record

Test 5 Wicket hauls

#FiguresMatchOpponentVenueCityCountryYear
15/945  New ZealandUniversity OvalDunedinNew Zealand2017
26/406  New ZealandBasin ReserveWellingtonNew Zealand2017

International awards

Test cricket

Man of the Match awards

S NoSeriesSeasonMatch PerformanceResult
12nd Test – South Africa in New Zealand Test Series2016/171st Innings:16-4-47-2 ; 1 (5 balls)
2nd Innings: 20.2-7-40-6 ; DNB
 South Africa won by 8 wickets.