Written by: Nick Tatham
Busy winter for Hollywoodbets Dolphins stars
Durban – With Hollywoodbets Dolphins players either enjoying a well-earned
break or taking on cricketing challenges around the globe in the
off-season, a handful of their stars will represent South Africa in
various forms in the United Kingdom during the local winter season.
The ICC Champions Trophy is second to the ICC Cricket World Cup in terms
of 50-over prestige and for the Dolphins trio of Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran
Tahir and Keshav Maharaj it presents an opportunity to help overturn many
years of limited-overs disappointments for the national side.
The newcomer to the limited overs squad is Keshav Maharaj. The left-arm
spinner has made a name for himself in the Test side after he almost
single-handedly dismantled New Zealand in the Second Test in Wellington
He has taken 26 wickets in seven Test matches, including two five-wicket
hauls. The 27 year-old also took five for 40 in his final outing of the
Momentum One Day Cup for the Dolphins before joining the Test squad in New
“It has been a really special last six months for me after getting my
call-up to the national Test squad in November,” Maharaj mentioned.
“My selection for the Champions Trophy came as a bit of a shock, but I’m
very grateful for the opportunity.
“I always knew that I wanted to play all three formats of the game for
South Africa, but didn’t think that I would have played Test cricket and
be in the national ODI squad this quickly. I am really looking forward to
These impressive statistics caught the eye of convener of selectors Linda
Zondi, who also mentioned Maharaj’s batting as another of his assets. The
clean-hitting lower-order batsman has two first class hundreds to his
“I played a few seasons of club cricket in the UK and I really enjoy the
conditions – except for the cold!” he quipped.
“Being selected to make my debut in a competition like the Champions
Trophy makes it a little more special I think and we would really like to
win it because it has been so long!”
Phehlukwayo, who at the tender age of 21 has already represented South
Africa in 14 ODI’s, will be taking part in his first tournament for the
senior national side. The all-rounder was a member of the famous SA U19
squad that won the World Cup in 2014.
The Glenwood old boy joins evergreen Imran Tahir, who sits atop the
limited overs bowling rankings in both T20I and ODI cricket.
Tahir has been a vital cog in the South African limited overs set up for a
number of seasons and with 74 ODI’s to his name, 127 wickets and a strike
rate of a wicket every 30 deliveries, it is clear how important he is to
the Proteas’ white ball efforts.
Following an impressive season with the bat and at the helm of the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins after Morné van Wyk stood down as captain, Khaya
Zondo will be in action for the South Africa ‘A’ side during their tour of
the United Kingdom.
Zondo was prolific with the bat in both the four-day and limited overs
competitions during the 2016/17 season and another opportunity has come
for the calm right-hander to stake a claim for higher national honours.
The 27 year-old has been included in both the four-day and the limited
overs squads and will lead the SA ‘A’ side in their 50-over series against
the England Lions.
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Having impressed for the Test
side recently on their tour of New Zealand, Keshav Maharaj has been given
his maiden call up to the South African One Day International squad for
the upcoming Champions Trophy competition in England in May.
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