“It crossed my mind” – Keshav Maharaj claims he risked being ruled out of the 2023 World Cup while recovering from an Achilles injury.

South African all-format spinner Keshav Maharaj has admitted he feared he might never play again after suffering an Achilles injury in early 2023. The left-arm spinner said that the 2023 ODI World Cup was an added motivation for him to recover as soon as possible. possible.

In South Africa's second Test against the West Indies in early 2023, Maharaj suffered the injury when he ran to celebrate the wicket of Kyle Mayers. He had to be stretchered off the field and taken to hospital, where scans revealed extensive damage. However, the 34-year-old not only recovered but also performed well in the World Cup in India last year.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Maharaj revealed that he would have been sad if he had missed out on playing in the 2023 ODI World Cup.

“It came to my mind. But I think when I said to myself, 'I have to play the World Cup,' I got over it very quickly. If I didn't get there I would be broke [to the World Cup], but I wanted to give myself the best chance of being there. It would have hurt but that was extra motivation,” he said.

Maharaj regrets not winning the tournament, but also believes reaching the semi-finals was a phenomenal effort by the Proteas team.

“I wanted that fairy-tale story, but getting to the semi-finals was a huge thing. It wasn't meant to be but the cricket we played was amazing. We went down fighting. And when we came back we were welcomed well and hopefully we can carry it forward.”

The first semi-final of the World Cup saw a match between the Proteas and Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. South Africa Scored 212 runs while batting first Australia Reaching home with three wickets remaining in a close match.

“I would feel very incomplete if I couldn't win the World Cup” – Keshav Maharaj

Keshav Maharaj wants to play 2027 ODI World Cup. (Image credit: Getty)

The South African spinner also expressed his desire to play in the 2027 ODI World Cup and win at least one ICC title before retiring.

“If South Africa wants me, I will try to play as long as possible, especially until the 2027 World Cup. This is my first goal. Hopefully we can play the next three ICC tournaments because I would feel very incomplete if I don't win the World Cup.

Maharaj He accepted the responsibility of making South African cricket as strong as possible, saying:

“I want to play international cricket until I'm 40. And then also play domestic cricket for as long as possible – maybe a year or two after my international career. I believe that as a South African contracted player As a leader, it is my duty and fulfillment to make our system stronger and better.

Maharaj is currently captaining the Durban Super Giants in the SA20 2024. super giants will face off johannesburg super kings In the second qualifier on Thursday, 8 February.

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