The current South African captain across all formats, Dane Van Niekerk made her first foray into cricket as a spinner, but as her game progressed she evolved to become an off-break bowler.
She made her debut at a young age, in 2009, and featured in 5 Women’s World T20 World-cups and 2 Women’s cricket World-cups (2013, 2017). She made her mark with her bowling in her 2nd international match, by picking 3 wickets against Sri Lanka, after which she had become a compulsory inclusion in the team.
Niekerk has a great record against West Indies; in fact, her 1st 5 wicket haul came against this team, as well as her 4/0 (4 wickets for no runs) performance in the WWC-2017, which is a world record across both the men and women’s game. She has also shared the highest ever undefeated partnership in T20s of 163 runs, along with star opener Lizelle Lee.
She has scored 11 international half-centuries and picked up 170 wickets in both ODI and T20 formats. As a batter at the top of the order, as well as in the middle order, her stroke play and shots in the deep and backward point are her strengths and is never shy to hit lofted shots when the team needs it the most, despite her natural mode of play being defensive.
In 2016, she was named as the South African Women player of the year and was later handed the
South African captaincy. In 2017, she was the leading wicket-taker at the #WWC-2017 and was named in the Women’s ODI team of the year.
In international leagues, she had been a part of Melbourne Renegades in the 1st edition, and then shifted to Sydney Sixers in the next two editions in the WBBL. She also plays for NSW in the NCL.
She was signed for by the Southern Vipers squad, for England’s Women’s Cricket Super League, but pulled out of the league due to injury. She, along with fellow bowler Kapp was also the first women to feature in an Eastern province men’s game.