Mark Boucher impressed by Keshav Maharaj’s leadership in Temba Bavuma’s absence

JOHANNESBURG – Keshav Maharaj’s leadership and tactical acumen have been among the excellent options of South Africa’s 3-0 cleansweep of Sri Lanka.

Maharaj stepped into the captaincy position after Temba Bavuma had his proper thumb fractured by an errant throw by a Sri Lankan fielder throughout the first One-Day International two weeks in the past. While he admitted to some nerves earlier than the second ODI, Maharaj managed to manage these after which did an skilled job in guiding the Proteas by means of the subsequent 5 matches, whereas utilizing the spinners cleverly.

“It’s not his first roadshow, he’s been around, especially in conditions like this before,” stated South Africa’s head coach Mark Boucher.

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Indeed, Maharaj looks as if the obvious option to have stuffed in for Bavuma, given his expertise in guiding the Dolphins final season. The KwaZulu Natal franchise, change tact drastically in the previous couple of seasons, as situations at Kingsmead have gone from the sporty seamer pleasant ‘green mamba’ of yore, to a mud bowl reminiscent of what’s discovered in the sub-continent.

Maharaj combined and matched bowlers in these situations beautifully serving to the Dolphins to nice success in current seasons. “He’s got a great feel for the game, especially when you’re playing a lot of spinners,” stated Boucher.

In his second recreation in cost, Maharaj utilised spinners for 40 overs, with Boucher highlighting how even when Aiden Markram conceded 18 runs in his first two overs of that match, whereas bowling in the ability play, Maharaj confirmed confidence in him, and introduced him again on to bowl later in the innings. Markram completed with 2/41 in 10 overs in the third ODI.

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Throughout the T20 collection, Maharaj combined and matched his bowlers because the second demanded. Anrich Nortje bowled all 4 overs in the primary recreation, after which simply two in the second, whereas Markram, who didn’t bowl in any respect in the primary match, bowled a full quota of 4 in the second – a ploy to focus on Sri Lanka’s left hand batsmen – and picked up three wickets.

“I just think he has a good feel for the game, and also the way he dealt with his players and especially the spinners was great, and it shows he’s got great leadership within our unit as well, which will stand us in good stead especially in spinning conditions.”

Boucher and the Proteas brainstrust consider these are precisely the sort of situations they’ll encounter on the T20 World Cup, which shall be performed in the UAE, Oman and Qatar subsequent month. Before then, these pitches will play host to matches in the Indian Premier League after which the preliminary spherical of the World Cup, that includes eight groups.

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Boucher is comfortable that the Proteas squad for that match has ample choices and that it might probably undertake totally different methods. “We will look at conditions and look at the combinations we’ve got,” he stated.

“We left out Anrich a few times, he’s been fantastic and if we get to a wicket where we think he can be a match-winner then we must play him. We’ve got a lot of spinners we can turn to now, which is great to have, especially going into the UAE. We’ll look at those conditions and weigh up whether we need to carry an extra all-rounder, or an extra batter – we have those options. It’s not horses for courses, it’s about playing the conditions. We believe we’ve got the players to put out successful combinations based on the conditions we’ll get.”

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