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Keshav Maharaj Cricketer Biography | Height, Age, Wife, Family & More

Keshav Maharaj Cricket

Keshav Maharaj Cricket

Born on February 7, 1990, Keshav Athmanand Maharaj is a professional cricketer hailing from South Africa. Known for his expertise, Maharaj is a key member of the South Africa national cricket team, showcasing his skills in Test matches, One Day Internationals (ODIs), and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Currently, he holds the position of vice-captain in the limited-overs format.

Specializing as a left-arm orthodox spin bowler and contributing as a lower-order batsman, Maharaj commenced his first-class cricket journey with KwaZulu-Natal in 2006. His Test debut for South Africa occurred in November 2016. In domestic cricket, he represents Dolphins, and in the SA20, he plays for Durban’s Super Giants.

In a historic moment in September 2021, Maharaj took on the role of captaincy for South Africa in ODIs against Sri Lanka. Not only did he make his T20 International debut against Sri Lanka in the same month, but he also captained the team in his inaugural T20I match. Adding to his impressive achievements, Maharaj secured a hat-trick in a Test match against West Indies in June 2021, becoming the second bowler from South Africa to accomplish this feat.

Full name Keshav Athmanand Maharaj
Nickname Maharaj of Durban
Profession Cricketer (Bowler)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 178 cm
in meters– 1.78 m
in feet inches– 5’ 10”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms– 65 kg
in pounds– 143 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.) – Chest: 40 inches
– Waist: 30 inches
– Biceps: 12 inches
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Black
International Debut ODI– On 27 May 2017 against England
Test– On 3 November 2016 against Australia
T20– On 10 September 2021 against Sri Lanka
Jersey Number #16 (South Africa)
Domestic/State Team • KwaZulu-Natal Under-15
• KwaZulu-Natal Under-19
• KwaZulu-Natal
• Dolphins
• South Africa Academy
• South Africans
• South Africa A
• South Africa
• Cuckfield
• Nelson
• Lancashire
• Yorkshire
• Durban Heat
• Durban Super Giants
Coach/Mentor Athmanand Maharaj
Batting Style Right-handed
Bowling Style Slow left-arm orthodox
Records • First spin bowler to make his international debut at WACA Ground, Perth, Australia
• Second South African bowler to take a hat-trick in a test match (In June 2021 against West Indies)
Awards 2017: International Newcomer of the Year at Cricket South Africa’s annual awards
Personal Life
Date of Birth 7 February 1990 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2023) 33 Years
Birthplace Durban, Natal Province, South Africa
Zodiac sign Aquarius
Nationality South African
Ethnicity Indian
Hometown Durban
School Northwood Boys High School, Durban
Educational Qualifications Bachelor of Administration
Religion/Religious Views He follows Hinduism and is a follower of Lord Hanuman. He often goes to the temples and wishes the fans on the occasion of Hindu festivals.
Food Habit Non-vegetarian
Hobbies • Travelling
• Swimming
• Reading
• Cooking
Relationships & More
Marital Status Married
Affairs/Girlfriends Lerisha Munsamy
Marriage Date 16 April 2022
Engagement Date 17 January 2019
Wife/Spouse Lerisha Munsamy (Dancer & beautician)
Children None
Parents Father– Athmanand Maharaj (Former Wicketkeeper-batsman)
Mother– Kanchan Mala
Siblings Sisters– Nashika, Tarisma
Cricketer Batsman– Rahul Dravid, Kevin Pietersen, Herschelle Gibbs
Bowler– Muttiah Muralitharan
Holiday Destination Thailand
Restaurant(s) Hard Rock Cafe, Fego Caffe, in Johannesburg
Chai Naasto in Beckenham
Author U.F. Shah


Keshav Maharaj Cricketer Early and personal life

Born into a Hindu family on February 7, 1990, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Keshav Maharaj is the child of Athmanand Maharaj and Kanchan Mala. Maharaj’s roots trace back to India, with his great-grandfather originally hailing from Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and migrating to Durban in 1874 as an indentured labourer. His father, Athmanand Maharaj, distinguished himself as a wicketkeeper for KwaZulu-Natal, and Keshav has a sister named Tarisma.

In April 2022, Maharaj celebrated his union with Lerisha Munsamy, a kathak dancer, whom he had been with for an extended period.

Keshav Maharaj Cricketer Domestic & International Career

Maharaj commenced his first-class cricket journey at the young age of 16, debuting for KwaZulu-Natal in the 2006–07 season. In the 2009-10 season, he transitioned to represent the Dolphins team. Maharaj showcased his skills on the international stage when he toured Bangladesh with the South Africa A team in April–May 2010, impressively claiming 13 wickets in the two four-day matches against the Bangladesh Cricket Board team. Notably, he also delivered a notable performance by taking 4 for 12 off four overs while opening the bowling in one of the T20 matches. His contributions extended to playing for South Africa A against the touring Bangladesh A team in the 2010–11 season.

In October 2016, Maharaj earned a spot in South Africa’s squad for their series against Australia. Making his Test debut against Australia on 3 November 2016, he took three wickets and achieved the distinction of being the first specialist spinner to make his Test debut at Perth.

On 10 March 2017, Maharaj achieved a significant milestone by securing his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests against New Zealand. This accomplishment marked only the seventh instance of a South African spinner achieving a five-for in Tests against New Zealand. Subsequently, in April 2017, Maharaj received recognition by being named in South Africa’s One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against England and the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. He made his ODI debut for South Africa against England on 27 May 2017.

Maharaj’s outstanding performances didn’t go unnoticed, as he was honored with the International Newcomer of the Year award at Cricket South Africa’s annual awards in May 2017. In October 2017, he reached the milestone of taking his 50th wicket in Tests during the first Test against Bangladesh.

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