Keshav Maharaj believes spinners will play a key role in the T20 World Cup – Times of India

South Africa's top left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj is confident that the slow bowlers will have a big impact on the flat pitches expected in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies in June.

The ninth edition of the tournament is scheduled to be held from June 1 to 29.

“Spinners will play an important role in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Wickets are getting better and boundaries are getting shorter. There is a great need for a spinner to provide control and variety in the team,” Maharaj told PTI in an exclusive interview.

“Hopefully these T20 platforms can give spinners an even bigger role for players coming onto the international stage,” he said.

The accomplished left-arm orthodox spinner – who took 14 wickets in nine matches at an impressive economy rate of 4.37, including four against New Zealand in the ODI World Cup in India last year – plays a vital role in South Africa. Team.

At the age of 34, he attributes his success to being a “street-smart” cricketer and aims to train the next generation of slow left-arm orthodox bowlers within the South African team.

“To be successful in T20 as a left-arm spinner you have to be street smart. Do your homework. There is a need for either a left hand or right hand or finger spinner to complement each other.


“If I can help the youngsters in this art of finger spin, I believe they will get some kind of inspiration to continue it and progress to a higher level at the international level.” Cricket” Maharaj said.

Maharaj, a key player of the Proteas T20 team, believes that the shortest format is important for the progress and development of the game.

“I don't have IPL experience yet but have been involved in SA20 and it's great for the game. It is really giving the fans quite a good performance. This is a good encouragement for local cricketers to rub shoulders with the best players in the world,” he said

Along with honing his basic craft, Maharaj is also working on improving his batting abilities.

“I am also working on my power-hitting because I know I have that ability. I hope that I will perform well in both batting and bowling in the near future.

Whenever Maharaj, a devotee of Lord Ram, comes out to bat, he finds solace in the devotional raga 'Ram Siya Ram' echoing from the stadium speakers. He has requested all stadium DJs to respect this priority.

During a recent Test match against India in Cape Town, a viral video saw Virat Kohli standing with folded hands and then imitating pulling the bow string as the song played.

The Maharaja praised the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and looked forward to visiting the holy site during his next visit to India.

“I come from a very religious and spiritual family where religion and spirituality were taught to me but never imposed. I just felt that it gave me guidance and perspective on life in difficult situations. I practice faith and am very connected to my religion and spirituality,” said the Durban-born cricketer.

“I celebrate all Hindu festivals at home. Whatever your faith, I send the message, it is important to have some faith in life,” said Maharaj, who shared a special message on social media on January 22, the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha Day in Ayodhya.

Maharaj's great grandfather was born in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh and moved to Durban as an indentured laborer in 1874.

“I am a very staunch devotee of Lord Ram and being so big is something special. “That doesn't happen in many places around the world so I was really excited that it happened,” he said.

“I am sure if I come to India in the near future and if time permits, I would love to visit Ayodhya,” said the captain of SA20 team Durban Supergiants.

(With PTI inputs)

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