Keshav Maharaj eager on captaining South Africa across all formats

Keshav Maharaj has not been among the front-runners for the vacant position of Test captain but he recently led the Dolphins to the domestic One-Day title.

Spinner Keshav Maharaj said that he would like to captain the Proteas across formats.

Spinner Keshav Maharaj said that he would like to captain the Proteas across formats.   -  Getty Images

South African spinner Keshav Maharaj admitted he is interested in captaining the Proteas in all formats. The position of South Africa’s Test captain has been vacant since Faf Du Plessis stepped down from the position in February.

Maharaj has not been among the front-runners for the position but he recently led the Dolphins to the domestic One Day title. The Dolphins were awarded the title by Cricket South Africa after the season had to be curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve really enjoyed captaincy from the time I’ve been handed the opportunity past season,” he 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 set—up actually know that but the few who have approached me on the matter know.”

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Maharaj even said that he would like to skipper the side across formats and lift number of trophies. At present, wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is captain of the ODI side and had also led South Africa in T20Is against England and Australia this year.

“I’d like to captain the 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.”

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