Cape The city – Proteas captain Dane van Niekerk says she used to be shocked after being named Ladies’s Cricketer of the Yr on the Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards on Saturday, including that teammate Laura Wolvaardt used to be way more deserving of the award.
The nationwide skipper had a stellar 2017/18 marketing campaign through which she become the sector quantity two all-rounder in ladies’s world cricket, in addition to the quantity 9 ranked bowler.
Then again, she felt that 19-year-old Wolvaardt, who used to be named SA Ladies’s Avid gamers’ Participant of the Yr and Ladies’s ODI Participant of the Yr used to be even higher.
“The award used to be completely surprising,” Van Niekerk stated. “I don’t love to unmarried out other people, however I believed Laura Wolvaardt deserved it extra taking into consideration the season she had. She did win two of the opposite large awards, however I reckon I’ll give this to the entire workforce. We had an excessively a hit 12 months.”
Teenage opener Wolvaardt used to be some of the stars of South Africa’s ICC Ladies’s International Cup marketing campaign remaining 12 months, the place she used to be named within the Crew of Event. The 19-year-old has already moved previous the 1000-run mark in ODI cricket, the place she averages 45.65.
Van Niekerk persevered: “Mature is the phrase, she’s mature past her years. She’s within the facet at an early age and she or he is aware of her task completely.
“It’s in point of fact thrilling to observe her bat and we all know what we get when she is going in the market. Her consistency is insane, it’s simply superior to observe her bat.
“While you watch the movies of her going about her industry, you simply realise what a ability she is and what she has the prospective to reach. Indisputably those awards are the primary of many that may come her approach.”
Van Niekerk additionally spoke about how the ladies’s recreation had advanced since her debut in 2009, and mirrored at the International Cup in England remaining 12 months the place they reached the semi-finals.
“The times the place we use to win possibly one out of 3 video games is finished,” Van Niekerk defined. We’ve were given gamers within the most sensible 10 or 20 (of the sector scores) in each one-day and T20 cricket. We have now a proper to win now. We’ve labored arduous to earn it.
“It’s all the time been the massive 3, however we’re right here to modify that mindset now. As a workforce, everybody purchased into it sooner than the International Cup. It used to be wonderful, we had that motion of all the time emerging.”
The 25-year-old, who has performed over 150 video games for her nation, may be thinking about the long run. “I might have by no means imagined how the sport has grown. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless child steps and there’s a protracted method to move. There’s numerous arduous paintings forward for me and the workforce. However I am so excited to look how the sport has stepped forward.”