Roelof van der Merwe

Country: Netherlands
Born: December 31, 1984, Johannesburg, Transvaal (now Gauteng)
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Bowling Allrounder

Roelof van der Merwe Bio

Roelof Erasmus van der Merwe, born on December 31, 1984, is a professional cricket player hailing from the Netherlands. Known for his tidy left-arm spin bowling and hard-hitting batting, he is one of the few cricketers to have represented two international teams during his career.

Van der Merwe initially showcased his cricketing skills on the world stage in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup, where he represented South Africa. Following his impressive performances at the junior level, he made his domestic debut in 2006 for Northerns, marking the beginning of his professional career.

The left-arm spinner quickly made an impact in franchise cricket, playing for the Titans during the 2007-08 season. He finished as the highest wicket-taker in the MTN Domestic Championship and contributed significantly with the bat, playing a crucial role in the team’s victories in the championship and the Standard Bank Pro20 Series. Van der Merwe’s impressive performances earned him several player-of-the-year titles, highlighting his immense talent.

In 2009, van der Merwe made his debut for the South African national team in a T20I match against Australia. He made an immediate impact, scoring a quickfire 48 runs and taking 1 wicket for 30 runs. His outstanding performance earned him the Player of the Match award. Over the course of a year, he represented South Africa in a total of 26 games, split evenly between ODIs and T20Is, before deciding to end his international career with them.

Following his departure from the South African team, van der Merwe acquired a Dutch passport and began representing the Netherlands in 2015. He made a strong start in T20Is for his new team, consistently taking two wickets per game in each of his first four matches.

Van der Merwe’s cricketing journey took him around the world as he became a sought-after player in various T20 competitions. He participated in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils, as well as in England’s T20 Blast with Somerset, while continuing to play for the Titans.

In June 2019, van der Merwe played a crucial role in a game against Zimbabwe, where he displayed his batting prowess by scoring an unbeaten 75 runs. He further showcased his skills with the ball, taking 4 wickets for 35 runs. However, despite his exceptional performance, Zimbabwe emerged victorious in the eliminator after the match ended in a tie.

As he entered his late thirties, van der Merwe focused primarily on his bowling skills as his batting became less consistent. At the T20 World Cup in 2022, representing the Netherlands, he made a remarkable high catch off David Miller’s bat, which contributed significantly to his team’s memorable victory. This win knocked his former team, South Africa, out of the tournament before the semi-finals.

Van der Merwe’s enduring career was affirmed when he finished as the leading wicket-taker for the Sunrisers Eastern Cape in the inaugural SA20 tournament in early 2023.

Roelof van der Merwe’s cricketing journey has been defined by his ability to adapt to different teams and make significant contributions both as a left-arm spinner and a hard-hitting batsman. His impressive performances on the field have solidified his status as a respected and influential player in international cricket.

Roelof van der Merwe Career Stats

Roelof van der Merwe Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 52 36 14 465 75* 21.13 365 127.39 0 2 37 13 22 0
ODIs 24 16 3 164 57 12.61 180 91.11 0 1 12 6 8 0
FC 80 128 16 3588 205* 32.03 5163 69.49 6 22 409 51 61 0
List A 196 160 44 2969 165* 25.59 3017 98.4 1 11 236 82 83 0
T20s 327 222 83 2976 89* 21.41 2251 132.2 0 10 256 107 139 0

Roelof van der Merwe Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 52 50 997 1070 56 4/35 4/35 19.1 6.43 17.8 1 0 0
ODIs 24 24 1161 996 25 3/27 3/27 39.84 5.14 46.4 0 0 0
FC 80 124 10252 5069 150 5/174 8/104 33.79 2.96 68.3 8 1 0
List A 196 184 8563 6992 256 5/26 5/26 27.31 4.89 33.4 12 4 0
T20s 327 311 6057 7339 304 6/20 6/20 24.14 7.26 19.9 3 2 0

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