Keshav Maharaj, South Africa’s ace spinner, wants to see the India vs South Africa final in the T20 World Cup 2024. During the group stage of the 2023 50-over World Cup, India and South Africa had a dominant run. Both teams were first and second in the points table, respectively.
Cricket fans around the world are getting excited as South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took a daring risk by speculating who would win the T20 World Cup in 2024.
T20 World Cup 2024: 20 teams, 9 cities, and 55 matches.
The United States of America (USA) and the West Indies are co-hosting the T20 World Cup 2024. It features 20 nations. That includes Uganda, the country making its debut. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has set out a huge 29-day program for it.
Nine venues—six in the West Indies and the rest three in the USA—will host 55 matches this season. The Super Eight games and the knockout stage will take place in the West Indies. It will increase the pressure on the teams taking part in it.
The T20 World Cup 2024, is scheduled to begin on June 1, 2024, at Dallas’ Grand Prairie Stadium. It promises an exciting opening match between the United States and Canada.
The 30-second teaser, which was posted on their social media accounts, featured a few memorable scenes from the last run. The famous Virat Kohli six against Haris Rauf at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the T20 World Cup 2022 was one of them.
A memorable moment in Indian cricket history was featured in the promo. The fans couldn’t contain their joy when the video went viral on social media.
During the group match against Pakistan, Virat Kohli struck a six off Haris Rauf at a critical moment, with India needing to win by 28 runs from the final eight balls. With the game quickly approaching its end, Kohli positioned himself to take on Rauf and hit the penultimate delivery of his spell for a six straight down the ground with an incredible shot.
Keshav Maharaj’s bold prediction regarding the two finalists
Speaking with Sports Tak, Keshav Maharaj stated that he would like to see India vs South Africa square off in the T20 World Cup 2024 final. In the ODI World Cup 2023, India and South Africa had a dominant run. They were placed first and second in the points table following the group stage, respectively.
South Africa’s campaign came to an end in the semi-final match against Australia. While India finished as runners-up after losing to Australia in the final match. Keshav Maharaj said that many Indian fans had expected the highlight event of the last year to feature a match India vs South Africa game.
“We always go there in an attempt to win the World Cup.I hope we can make that right. An India vs South Africa will be incredible. After the 2023 ODI World Cup round-robin. Keshav Maharaj mentioned hearing from Indian locals that they would like an India vs South Africa match.
Maharaj’s optimism for the SA20 League’s future
As the captain of Durban’s Super Giants in the current SA20 competition. Maharaj talks about the quick progress the league has made in just its second season. Maharaj is confident that in the upcoming years, the South African league will reach the same calibre as the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“If you look at the international players who are coming to play across the brand and style of cricket. You can see that the standards in the South African league are pretty high.” The teams can easily chase over 200 runs. We’re getting closer to the IPL in terms of skill. We’re just in our second year together,” the 33-year-old said.
The IPL is a very successful model, and cricket is played at a very high level. As time goes on, I’m hoping the SA20 can reduce that gap and become as near to the IPL as possible.”
The Super Giants are the first club to qualify for the playoffs in the SA20 2024 after an excellent show. They are presently leading the points table with six wins from eight games.
“I’d love to visit and visit the Ayodhya temple,” Keshav Maharaj said of the Ram Mandir.
Keshav Maharaj is a huge follower of Lord Ram and Hanuman. When the cricket player went out to bat in South Africa’s multi-format series against India, he also asked for the hymn “Ram Siya Ram” to be played.
The 33-year-old said how much he is looking forward to seeing the newly built Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
“We were unable to visit the inauguration due to scheduling issues. But I hope to come and see the Ayodhya temple in the future.
Hopefully, we can make arrangements for that soon; perhaps the Lucknow franchise. India has long been my family’s ideal pilgrimage destination. Thus, it should be a pleasant trip for the three of them,” he continued.