While South Africa cricket fans eagerly await the announcement of the new Test team captain, Cricket South Africa (CSA) is now faced with another surprising but interesting option to consider for the role. Keshav Maharaj, who has established himself as the team’s frontline spinner in the longest format, has expressed his wish to lead the Proteas in not just Tests but also lead them to the elusive World Cup trophy.
Maharaj’s captaincy credentials received a major boost when he was appointed the Dolphins captain during their successful domestic One-Day Cup campaign this season. Dolphins were declared winners with Maharaj at the helm after CSA suspended the cricket season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’ve really enjoyed captaincy from the time I’ve been handed the opportunity this past season,” Maharaj was quoted as saying by sport24.
“I really want to captain the Proteas. It’s been my dream. Not a lot of people in the national setup actually know that, but the few who have approached me on the matter know that.”
With CSA having made it clear that white-ball captain Quinton de Kock won’t be leading the Test side, Maharaj stated that his captaincy ambitions are not limited to Tests alone.
“I’d like to captain the South African team across all three formats and I want to raise a World Cup trophy with my own hands, as the leader of the side,” he said.
“I didn’t merely want to play for the Proteas. Lifting that silverware has always been my childhood dream. I specifically asked what I needed to do to get back into the ODI side and was told that I need to work on my batting and stuff.
“So I went back and was fortunate enough to be the captain, which helped me gain some responsibility. I also got a few scores and wickets,” concluded Maharaj.