Maharaj is looking forward to giving it his best shot in the ODI Series against Sri Lanka. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

DURBAN – Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj is eager to make a significant impact in white-ball cricket.

The Dolphins bowler is in the Proteas squad which will face Sri Lanka next month in a five-match ODI series.

The series will commence on July 29 at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium and end on August 12.

The two nations will first battle it out in a two-match Test series, with the first game to be played on July 12.

The Proteas selectors have opted for Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi in the ODI set-up. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The selectors rested the incumbent spinner Imran Tahir and opted for Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi in the ODI set-up. The series in Sri Lanka is considered part of the preparations for the World Cup in England and Wales next year. 

Speaking on Friday, Maharaj said he wants to give his best shot in Sri Lanka.

“It is every youngster's dream to play in the World Cup. I would love to play all three formats for my country, whether at the World Cup or in a T20 match. I want to represent South Africa with pride and honour. 

Every game is an opportunity for you to display your skills,” Maharaj said.

The Mercury

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