South African women cricketers Dane van Niekerk-Marizanne Kapp tie the knot on Saturday. Their teammates Lizelle Lee and Chloe Tryon attended the private marriage ceremony. The two cricketers have known each other for a long time since they made their debut in a gap of two days all the way back in 2009 during the Women’s World Cup. Also Read - Dream11 Team India Women vs South Africa Women 2nd ODI Match 2019 - Cricket Prediction Tips For Today's ODI Match 2 IN-W vs SA-W at Reliance Stadium, Vadodara
Van Niekerk made her debut on March 8 against West Indies, whereas Kapp debuted on March 10 against Australia. This pair became the second of the current international teammates to get married. Earlier, New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu got hitched last year. Also Read - 1st ODI: Debutant Priya Punia’s Unbeaten 75 Powers India Women to Emphatic win Over South Africa Women
Kapp took to Instagram to announce the news of the tie. It is also believed that most of the South African cricketers attended the marriage ceremony. Also Read - India vs Australia 1st ODI Sydney: Not Danielle Wyatt, Virat Kohli Has a New Female Fan in Sydney Sixers' Marizanne Kapp | PIC INSIDE
With 125 wickets from 95 matches at an average of 18.86, Van Niekerk is the highest wicket-taker for South Africa in ODIs. She also operates at an economy rate of 3.51. Furthermore, she is also the fourth highest run-scorer in Women ODIs with 1,770 runs. She was also awarded the ‘2017-18 CSA Women’s-Cricketer-of-the-Year’ recently.
On the other hand, Kapp picked 99 wickets at 24.84, at an economy rate of 3.66. She is the sixth highest run-getter in ODIs with 1,618 runs. Van Niekerk is currently ranked third and fourth in the ICC’s allrounders’ rankings in ODIs and T20Is respectively, while Kapp occupies the fourth slot on the ODI bowlers’ rankings.
These two women cricketers are an integral part of the Proteas outfit. This duo also featured in a Test match against India in 2014 that took place in Mysore. They played 82 ODIs and 56 T20Is together. According to reports, the duo was also the first girls to join a boys’ cricket academy in South Africa.