In the most recent ICC ODI bowling rankings, Hollywoodbets Dolphins and Proteas star Keshav Maharaj has risen to second in the world. This follows some outstanding performances with the ball at the current ICC Cricket World Cup.

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Maharaj has played in 39 One Day Internationals since he made his debut in 50 over cricket in 2017. He has risen to the ranks of senior player in the one day side which culminated in a stint as captain of the 50 over national side.

Having played all of his domestic cricket for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Maharaj is well on his way to becoming a legend of Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium and his steady rise on the international stage proves what a talent he is.

At the current World Cup in India of the bowlers that have bowled over 60 overs in the competition so far, Maharaj has the fifth best economy rate in the competition and is the most economical South African bowler.

KESHAV MAHARAJ CLIMBS THE ICC RANKINGS 

His value has also been brought to light by the fact that he has bowled the most overs by any South African bowler at the World Cup and has the best figures for the Proteas at the competition with his 4/46 against New Zealand.

For the CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom, Marahaj’s current ranking is a reflection on the player he is.

“Keshav goes about his business quietly, but I don’t think there is a player that works as hard at his game as him,” Strydom said.

“It’s been a privilege to watch Keshav’s rise from domestic cricket to the top of the international game and we hope that he can continue to improve and win games for South Africa.

“His bowling is outstanding, but the way that he won the match for the Proteas against Pakistan with the bat highlights his character. He’s a player that any team would love to have in their side.”

Maharaj and the Proteas will face Afghanistan in their final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup group phase on Friday before they shift their focus to their semi-final clash with Australia on Thursday, 16 November.

Proteas coach Rob Walter has announced a 15-player squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The Cricket World Cup will be played in India from 5 October to 19 November 2023.

The squad will be led by Temba Bavuma who will also be playing in his first 50-over World Cup.

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The bowling attack includes Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Gerald Coetzee. There are also three spin options in Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi and Aiden Markram.

PROTEAS CRICKET WORLD CUP SQUAD

Temba Bavuma (captain, DP World Lions), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions), Marco Jansen (Dafabet Warriors), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Sisanda Magala (DP World Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Dafabet Warriors), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions) and Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).

Proteas coach Rob Walter has announced a 15-player squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Temba Bavuma

TEAM MANAGEMENT LED BY ROB WALTER

Rob Walter (Head Coach), Khomotso Volvo Masubelele (Team Manager), Jean-Paul Duminy (Batting Coach), Eric Simons (Bowling Coach), Wandile Gwavu (Fielding Coach), Thomas Dawson-Squibb (Performance Coach), Runeshan Moodley (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Matthew Reuben (Performance Analyst), Sizwe Hadebe (Physiotherapist), Dr Hashendra Ramjee (Team Doctor), Kyle Botha (Logistics and Masseur), Lucy Davey (Media Manager) and Zunaid Wadee (Security Officer).

“It is always tough choosing a World Cup squad,” said Rob Walter.

“I’ve said it a couple of times, the stronger the depth of your team, the better the players are that you’re leaving out.

“It’s great having a mix of experienced players and players who will be competing in their first 50-over World Cup. You get that sort of exuberance of excitement to be doing something for the first time.”

“I would like to congratulate all of them on their selection and I am sure they will represent the Proteas badge with distinction and honour. We have no doubt they will give everything in India and do their best to try and bring the trophy home.”

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock has announced that he will retire from ODI cricket following the conclusion of the World Cup.

Since making his ODI debut in 2013, the 30-year-old has gone to play 140 matches. He has amassed almost 6 000 runs at an average of 44.85. One of his career highlights came up against Australia in 2016 when scored a career-best 178 at SuperSport Park, Centurion.

He was also named full time captain of the side from 2020 – 2021.