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Keshav Maharaj


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In Keshav Maharaj, Yorkshire have got themselves a left-arm spinner with bags of quality and experience.

A Durban-born left-arm spinner with 25 Test caps for South Africa to his name, Maharaj has taken 94 wickets with a best of 9-129 against Sri Lanka in Colombo last July.

Maharaj made his first-class debut in November 2006 and broke into the Test Match arena 10 years, to the week, later.

A bowler who harnesses control and potency, he has taken over 420 first-class wickets in 118 appearances and has scored nearly 3,000 runs with his swashbuckling style of lower order batting.

With ball or bat in hand, he will be fun to watch.

Maharaj has previous county experience. But whisper it quietly – for Lancashire!

Late last season, he was drafted into Emirates Old Trafford for a similarly short-term deal to try and help the Red Rose county preserve their Division One status.

Maharaj took a superb 17 wickets in three games, but Lancashire still went down.

Job done, hey!

The now 29-year-old took eleven wickets in a tie against Somerset at Taunton, including a second-innings 7-37, and claimed three wickets in defeat against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley.

He will become the fourth overseas signing to play for both Roses rivals, three of them having ‘completed the set’ this season. Australians Simon Katich, Glenn Maxwell and Jake Lehmann are the others.

He had previously played league cricket in both Sussex and Lancashire as an emerging player.

Maharaj plays his domestic cricket in South Africa for the Dolphins franchise and debuted for the Proteas in a Test against Australia in Perth in November 2016.

He played over the English winter against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in home conditions, so has been a team-mate of Duanne Olivier’s.

Maharaj has played four one-day internationals in 2017 and 2018, but he is not part of South Africa’s current ICC World Cup squad, hence his availability to replace loan signing Dom Bess in White Rose colours.

In first-class cricket, he has taken 22 hauls of five wickets or more, including 10 wickets or more in a match on four occasions.

He last played a first-class match in February of this year for the Dolphins, since playing one-day and T20 matches for the same team. Their domestic season finished at the start of May.

Profile

  • Name Keshav Maharaj
  • Born February 7, 1990, Durban, Natal
  • Role Slow left-arm orthodox, right-hand bat
  • First Class KwaZulu-Natal v Kei at Durban, Nov 2-4, 2006
  • Squad number 27

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