|Intro||South African cricketer|
|Is|| Athlete |
|Birth||7 February 1990, Durban, eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
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.
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.
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.
Test 5 Wicket hauls
|1||5/94||5||New Zealand||University Oval||Dunedin||New Zealand||2017|
|2||6/40||6||New Zealand||Basin Reserve||Wellington||New Zealand||2017|
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Series||Season||Match Performance||Result|
|1||2nd Test – South Africa in New Zealand Test Series||2016/17||1st Innings:16-4-47-2 ; 1 (5 balls)|
2nd Innings: 20.2-7-40-6 ; DNB
|South Africa won by 8 wickets.|