South African spinner Keshav Maharaj believes spinners will play a crucial role in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in 2024, in the United States and the West Indies. Keshav Maharaj highlighted that the grounds are improving and the boundaries are getting shorter.
“You have to be street smart to be successful in T20s as a left-arm spinner. Do your homework. “It is necessary for any left-arm, right-arm or finger spinner to complement each other.” Maharaj further stated.
“If I can help youngsters in this art of finger-spinning, I would like to believe that there will be some kind of motivation for them to continue doing it and progress to a higher level in international cricket.”
The 34-year-old bowler has played 27 matches for South Africa in the shortest format of the game. The left-arm spinner has taken 24 wickets at an average of 27.96 and an impressive economy rate of 7.39. His last T20I match was against India in December last year.
South Africa performed well in the 2023 ODI World Cup, securing second place in the group stage. However, their hopes of winning the Trophy were shattered when they lost to Australia in the semi-final. They ended their campaign without winning the title.
In the 2024 T20 World Cup, South Africa is placed in Group D alongside Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Netherlands and Nepal. Their campaign begins against Sri Lanka on June 3, followed by matches against Netherlands and Bangladesh on June 8, and Nepal on June 14.
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