Keshav Maharaj took 4 wickets on his debut    Getty Images
Keshav Maharaj took 4 wickets on his debut Getty Images

It was not the start that Australia expected when they embarked their summer journey with yet another Test loss against South Africa this time at WACA Stadium in Perth on Monday. It might not have gone all well for the Australians, but there was one debutant who shone and made a name for himself out of nowhere. Eyebrows were raised when one saw Keshav Maharaj on the side for pitch that was bouncy and favoured bowler through the way. One was expecting Kyle Abbott on the list. However, it was a different tale for the newbie as he got some key wickets as well as showed stunts with the bat on Mitchell Starc s deliveries. Out of the wickets that he got hold of was that of Steven Smith he reminisced the most as that was his first Test wicket. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Hobart

Australian s had issue with Aleem Dar s decision that went against their review and in turn favouring the Proteas on most occasions. Smith who had advanced down the track, missed his flick and was struck on the pad, for which a review was taken immediately. The DRS showed, even though he had come 2.8 metres down the track, the ball was hitting the edge of the leg stump. However, Smith was doomed for an on-field out, only if the ball had been missing completely. Recollecting his first wicket, Maharaj spoke about it to ESPNCricinfo.com and said, Fortunately it went in my favour. Bowlers also need a chance. Bats are getting bigger. Fields are getting smaller. It’s nice to have something swing your way.”

Dismissing Maharaj made it only sweeter for Maharaj, My first Test wicket is a critical moment in my career. Having someone of his calibre as my scalp is very special to me. Maharaj feels picking wickets in the current condition is more important, I did have a chat with ‘Harro’ before I got here and he had a few thoughts about bowling in Australian conditions. I’m trying to replicate what he did because he was one of the most successful spinners for South Africa. He said your job here is to rest the fast bowlers because conditions are in their favour rather than yours, and you will pick up a few wickets along the way. So try and stop the game from one end and let them strike. ALSO READ: Keshav Maharaj s debut was about little aspirations coming true

That was the way Maharaj made his presence felt and what a better way than getting Smith right away, I was very nervous on the first day,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect. It’s very intense. For five days you’re focused on every ball. The only breaks you get is lunch and tea. It’s a proper gentleman’s game and a proper man’s game and a test of character.

There are more Tests on his way and wants to make himself felt like the first Test against Australia, I’m a spinner. I’m allowed to get hit now and then,” he joked. “I’m just fortunate that my first Test worked out in my favour. Australia’s not known as a country where the ball turns a lot so I’m just going to stick to my game plan and hopefully that’s more than enough to help the team.