CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has congratulated Keshav Maharaj on becoming the 17th South African and the 13th of the modern era to reach the milestone of a century of Test match wickets.
Maharaj, playing in his 27th Test match, achieved the landmark when he dismissed Ajinkya Rahane on the second day of the second Freedom Series Test match against India at Pune on Friday.
“Congratulations to Keshav on this significant milestone in his career,” commented CSA Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl. “He has been a key member of the Standard Bank Proteas attack from the time of his debut against Australia under difficult circumstances when the team was left with an effective three-man attack after the injury to Dale Steyn.
“He played an important part in winning that series and again in another away series in New Zealand when he topped the South African bowling averages.
“One of the hallmarks of his career has been his ability to take wickets in all parts of the world and under all conditions. On his first trip to the sub-continent he became only the second South African to take 9 wickets in an innings against Sri Lanka.
“We look forward to his continuing to be the leader of our spin attack for many years to come,” concluded Van Zyl.