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.

The Proteas Men side have secured automatic qualification for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to be played in India. The World Cup will take place in October and November.

Proteas’ place at the 50-over global tournament was confirmed after the first ODI between Ireland and Bangladesh on Tuesday ended in a no result. The Irish had to win all three matches in the series in order to keep their own hopes of automatic qualification alive.

QUALIFICATION TO THE CRICKET WORLD CUP SECURED FOR PROTEAS

This now means South Africa cannot be overtaken by anyone in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. The qualification tournament and they have secured the eighth and final qualifying berth.

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Cricket South Africa has also congratulated the team for their qualification.

“On behalf of Cricket South Africa, I would like to congratulate the Proteas Men on automatically qualifying for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. It was by no means a straightforward route to guaranteeing their spot. But the Proteas showed character. Coach Rob and his team can look ahead to preparing for the tournament,” said CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki.

Proteas secure qualification for Cricket World Cup
Proteas secure qualification for Cricket World Cup

Proteas captain Temba Bavuma has also admitted that it has not been an easy journey to qualify.

“I am pleased to learn that we’ve secured our qualification for the upcoming 50-over World Cup that is going to be hosted in India later this year,” he said.

“If I look at the journey, it’s been a tricky one for us as a 50-over team. But I think looking at the last couple of months, a lot of positive strides have been made. We are well positioned to build on the momentum and confidence that we’ve gained.

“Now is the perfect opportunity for us to really focus on the World Cup from a preparation point of view. Nail down on our plans and brush up on areas that we feel we need to brush up on. Personally, it will be a major honour and privilege for me. To be leading the team in my first-ever 50-over World Cup. I hope we can also achieve some good things as a team.”

South Africa senior women’s team, Proteas Women beat England in a thrilling semifinal to reach their first-ever ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final. The Women’s Proteas won by six runs at Newlands in Cape Town.

Tazmin Brits 68 set South Africa up for a commanding total of 164 for four. She combined for a 96-run opening stand with Laura Wolvaardt. 

England looked to respond in the same vein, racing to 50 runs before wickets regularly halted their progress. Brits took four catches in the performance of a lifetime.

Nat Sciver-Brunt and Heather Knight tried to steer England home, but they could not deny South Africa a place in the showpiece on home soil.

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With 13 needed off the last over, Ismail equalled Anya Shrubsole for most wickets in a T20 World Cup with the wicket of Knight, but the real prize came three balls later as South Africa sealed their place in the final on Sunday where they will meet holders Australia.

Brits and Wolvaardt showed none of the nerves on display against Bangladesh just three days ago as they set the tone for a run-fest at Cape Town.

Proteas Women reach T20 World Cup final
Proteas Women reach T20 World Cup final

“I still can’t believe it to be honest with you. It still feels like I am going to wake up in a sense. But I am probably warned by the experience that we actually made it to the final,” Brits told reporters. 

ON HER BATTING PERFORMANCES 

“I have actually felt quite positive. With the try series I actually scored the 50 with the West Indies and I actually had a good knock against Australia. I just needed a bit more support so in my head I was confident. Pakistan is a different story. I don’t know what happened there. 

PROTEAS WOMEN AND ENGLAND SCORES 

South Africa 164/4 in 20 overs (Tazmin Brits 68, Laura Wolvaardt 53; Sophie Ecclestone 3/22)

England 158/8 in 20 overs (Nat Sciver-Brunt 40, Danni Wyatt 34; Ayabonga Khaka 4/29, Shabnim Ismail 3/27)

Player of the Match: Tazmin Brits (South Africa)

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Proteas bowler Kagiso Rabada is amongst four South Africans who have made it to the ICC teams of the year.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday completed announcements of the ICC Teams of the Year. A feature of the 2022 ICC Awards which captures the best combined XIs across the different formats of both men’s and women’s international cricket.

Momentum Proteas trio Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka and Laura Wolvaardt were named in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year. Kagiso Rabada was named in the ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year.

11 countries are represented across the various lineups.

ICC TEAMS OF THE YEAR LIST:

ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year:

1 Usman Khawaja (Australia)

2 Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies)

3 Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)

4 Babar Azam (Pakistan)

5 Jonny Bairstow (England)

6 Ben Stokes (c) (England)

7 Rishabh Pant (wk) (India)

8 Pat Cummins (Australia)

9 Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

10 Nathan Lyon (Australia)

11 James Anderson (England)

ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year:

1 Babar Azam (c) (Pakistan)

2 Travis Head (Australia)

3 Shai Hope (West Indies)

4 Shreyas Iyer (India)

5 Tom Latham (wk) (New Zealand)

6 Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)

7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz (Bangladesh)

8 Alzarri Joseph (West Indies)

9 Mohammed Siraj (India)

10 Trent Boult (New Zealand)

11 Adam Zampa (Australia)

ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year:

1 Jos Buttler (c) (wk) (England)

2 Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)

3 Virat Kohli (India)

4 Suryakumar Yadav (India)

5 Glenn Phillips (New Zealand)

6 Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)

7 Hardik Pandya (India)

8 Sam Curran (England)

9 Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

10 Haris Rauf (Pakistan)

11 Josh Little (Ireland)

Ayabonga Khaka Momentum Proteas
Ayabonga Khaka Momentum Proteas

WOMEN’S TEAMS OF THE YEAR

ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year:

1 Smriti Mandhana (India)

2 Beth Mooney (Australia)

3 Sophie Devine (c) (New Zealand)

4 Ash Gardner (Australia)

5 Tahlia McGrath (Australia)

6 Nida Dar (Pakistan)

7 Deepti Sharma (India)

8 Richa Ghosh (wk) (India)

9 Sophie Ecclestone (England)

10 Inoka Ranaweera (Sri Lanka)

11 Renuka Singh (India)

ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year:

1 Alyssa Healy (wk) (Australia)

2 Smriti Mandhana (India)

3 Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa)

4 Nat Sciver (England)

5 Beth Mooney (Australia)

6 Harmanpreet Kaur (c) (India)

7 Amelia Kerr (New Zealand)

8 Sophie Ecclestone (England)

9 Ayabonga Khaka (South Africa)

10 Renuka Singh (India)

11 Shabnim Ismail (South Africa)