National SideSouth Africa
Date of Birth04-01-1990
Place of BirthPort Elizabeth, South Africa
Batting StyleRight Handed Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm medium
Kapp, an athlete, Net ball player, and cricketer ended up choosing cricket as her career option. Marizanne Kapp was one of the first players to feature in a men’s match for Eastern Province cricket team academy.
She evolved as an all-rounder over the years with her debut in the 2009 world cup. She is known for her destructive bowling, with her swing action playing a major part in guiding South Africa into the 2014 and 2017 world cup semi-finals.
Kapp is a compulsory pace option for the team, as she opens and uses the new ball to get early break-through wickets for the team. With Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakara as her role model, she is also a useful batswoman and attacking player down the order, who has the ability to change and convert matches to wins, as she mixes up her shots to keep the bowlers guessing. She has the unique achievement of having the highest-ever score by a South African at a World Cup(102*).
Marizanne Kapp is a typical fast bowler – grumpy, aggressive, emotional, extremely competitive and always demanding the best efforts from herself and her teammates. Those are all the qualities that have seen her become one of the leading bowlers in the world. Since her international debut in 2009, she has become South Africa’s pace spearhead, and along with Shabnim Ismail leads one of the best bowling units in the world at the moment.
Coming off a relatively short run-up, Kapp glides to the crease rhythmically and unleashes high-quality outswingers. Over the years she has developed the ability to move the ball both ways, catching many batters by surprise.
Kapps’ accuracy with both new and old ball is what stands her in such good stead in both ODI and T20I formats. With the new ball, she bowls hard lengths, getting the ball to shape away, and the odd one to cut in as a surprise. She has been singled out by many batters, including India’s Smriti Mandhana, as one of the most difficult bowlers to face.
In more recent times, Kapp’s batting too has come to the fore. Having failed to kick off after scoring her maiden century in 2013, the right-hander has since 2018, made her value with the bat very clear to the South African management, putting together several fighting half-centuries in both ODIs and T20Is. She is a strong front foot player who likes to hit through the on-side, but can also take advantage of width and cut superbly. She likes to advance down the track to both spinners and pacers alike, and her strong upper body means she is also able to muscle the ball over the ropes when required.
Marizanne Kapp is arguably one of the fittest players on the women’s circuit.
She has taken a hat-trick for Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League against Australia – managing the feat in 2019.
- July 20, 2020
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- July 8, 2020
A vital cog in the Proteas set-up Ismail plays an integral role with the new ball both in T20Is and ODIs forming a potent partnership with Marizzane Kapp.
- June 18, 2020
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- June 17, 2020
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