Dane Van Niekerk Height, Age, Husband/Partner, Family, Biography & More

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DOB: 14/03/1993
Nationality: South African
Profession: Cricketer (all-rounder)

Dane van Niekerk

ProfessionCricketer (all-rounder)
Famous forOne among the six female cricketers to claim more than 1,000 runs, 50 wickets and 50 catches in the One-Day format.
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 160 cm
in meters- 1.6 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 4”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms-60 kg
in pounds-130 lbs
Figure Measurements (approx.)34-28-34
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourLight brown
International DebutODI- 8 March 2009 against the West Indies at Newcastle
Test- 16 November 2014 against India Women at Mysore
T20- 11 June 2009 against the West Indies at Taunton
Last MatchODI- 19 September 2021 against the West Indies at North Sound
Test- 16 November 2014 against India Women at Mysore
T20- 4 September 2021 against the West Indies at North Sound
International Retirement• On 16 March 2023, she announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket. [1]Reuters
Jersey Number#81 (South Africa)
Dane van Niekerk's jersey number
Domestic/State Team• Northerns Under-19
• Highveld Women
• South Africa Under-19
• Northerns Women
• South Africa Emerging Players Women
• North of South Africa Women
• Eastern Province Women
• Coronation
• South Western Districts Women
• Loughborough Lightning
• Surrey Stars
• Melbourne Renegades Women
• Sydney Sixers Women
• Adelaide Strikers Women
• Australian Capital Territory Women
• Oval Invincibles
• Royal Challengers Bangalore
Batting StyleRight-handed
Bowling StyleRight-arm legbreak
Records (main ones)• First South African woman to take 100 wickets in ODI cricket.
• First South African woman to take a hat trick in international cricket.
• First-ever cricketer (male or female) to take four wickets in international cricket without conceding a single run.
• She was the MVP (Women) in the first-ever season of The Hundred.
• First-ever half-century in The Hundred.
Awards, Honours, Achievements • 2017: South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year
• 2022: Wisden Cricketer of the Year
Personal Life
Date of Birth14 May 1993 (Friday)
Age (as of 2023)30 Years
BirthplacePretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Zodiac signTaurus
Signature Dane van Niekerk's signature
NationalitySouth African
HometownPretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
SchoolHoërskool Centurion (Centurion High School), Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
College/UniversityUniversity of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, South Africa
Educational QualificationsBachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree
ReligionChristianity [2]News24
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
Tattoo(s)Right hand: Nothing is impossible with God
• Another tattoo on the left hand.
Controversies"I'd rather lose than get a free pass into the World Cup Final"
Following South Africa's semi-final exit during the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup, Dane in her post-match press conference said that she would rather lose than get a free pass into the World Cup final; Australia Women won by 5 runs (DLS Method). Her comments irked the Indian cricket fans who alleged her comments were made against the India Women’s team and criticised her on social media. [3]Outlook [4]Dane van Niekerk - Official Twitter Account
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date6 July 2018
Husband/Spouse/PartnerMarizanne Kapp
Dane van Niekerk with her wife
ParentsFather-Peter van Niekerk
Dane van Niekerk with her father
Mother- Not Known
SiblingsBrother-Gerrit Van Niekerk
Tennis PlayerRoger Federer
FoodSteak and Salad
SingerJustin Bieber
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionAudi Q5, Audi A4
Dane van Niekerk's car collection
Money Factor
SalaryRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) signed her for Rs. 30 Lakhs for the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League. [5]Sportstar

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  • Dané Van Niekerk is a South African cricketer. She is a right-handed batter and leg-break bowler.
  • She consumes alcohol and follows a non-vegetarian diet.

    Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp with a glass of Champagne

    Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp with a glass of Champagne

  • Dane was an ardent supporter of the South African professional rugby union team ‘Bulls’.
  • She was into sports as a child and played softball, hockey, and netball before she became a professional cricketer.
  • Dane started playing cricket with the boys’ team in her primary school and it was in high school she first played in an all-female team.
  • She and her partner Marizanne Kapp made their international debut during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009; Dane debuted against the West Indies Women’s team at the age of 16.
  • When she came out as a lesbian, her family was initially upset with her. In an interview, she revealed that it was hard for her to tell her parents about her sexuality as they were orthodox Christians; however, they supported her decision after some time and accepted her relationship.
  • Dane became a professional cricketer at the age of fifteen and played for the Northerns Under-19 team and Highveld Women.
  • She was then selected for the South Africa Under-19 Women and was named captain at the age of sixteen.
  • She was the first-ever South African female cricketer to play for the Eastern Province cricket academy team (male).
  • In the seventh-place playoff match against the Sri Lanka Women during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009, she bowled eight overs at an economy of 1.37 and took three wickets; Dane was the Player of the Match.
  • On 6 October 2010, she took four wickets against Sri Lanka Women from seven overs.
  • In January 2013, she became the first South African woman to register an international hat trick; she achieved this record against the West Indies Women’s team and ended the match with five wickets.
  • On 5 February 2013, she scored her first half-century (55 not out) against the Pakistan Women during the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup held in India.
  •  On 13 February 2013, she took a four-wicket haul against the Sri Lanka Women; she ended the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup with eight wickets.
  • In January 2014, she took five wickets against the Pakistan Women and became the first South African woman to achieve two five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.
  • On 26 October 2014, during the South Africa Women’s tour of Sri Lanka, Dane was named Player of the Match after a stellar performance with 70 runs and not out.
  • She was named to the South Africa Women’s team for their tour of India (2014); she made her Test debut in the one-off Test match against India Women at Mysore. This was her only Test appearance for the South African Women’s team in the Test cricket format.
  • The Melbourne Renegades Women signed her for the inaugural season of the Women’s Big Bash League (2015/2016); she scored her first half-century (52) in the WBBL against the Perth Scorchers on 16 January 2016.
  • Dane was signed by the Loughborough Lightning team for the inaugural season (2016) of the Kia Super League.
  • In June 2016, Dane van Niekerk replaced Mignon du Preez as the captain of the South Africa Women’s team; Cricket South Africa named her captain in all the formats.
  • Dane took 17 wickets and scored 460 runs from 21 matches in the ICC Women’s Championship between 2014 and 2016.
  • She joined the Sydney Sixers Women for the second season of the WBBL and won her first WBBL title in the same season; they successfully defended the title in the third season (2017-2018) of the WBBL.
  • On 15 February 2017, Dane became the first-ever South African woman to take 100 ODI wickets; she reached the milestone against the India Women during the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier and also she became the seventh player to reach 1000 runs and 100 wickets in the Women’s ODI cricket.
  • Dane’s first major tournament as captain of her national team was the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup; she took the highest number of wickets in the tournament (15 wickets) and ICC named her to the 2017 ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year.
  • On 2 July 2017, she took four wickets without conceding a run against the West Indies Women’s team; this was the first time in international cricket that a cricketer (male or female) took four wickets without giving any runs.

  • In August 2017, ACT Meteors signed Dane van Niekerk for the 2017-2018 season of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL); she scored 124 runs and took five wickets in two matches.
  • In 2018, she joined Surrey Stars and was the fifth-highest wicket-taker with 13 wickets from nine matches in the Kia Super League.
  • On 13 November 2018, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp became the first married couple to bat together in a major ICC tournament. [6]The Economic Times
  • On 11 February 2019, she scored her maiden century against Sri Lanka Women and was named Player of the Match; she scored 102 runs from 117 balls and took two wickets from ten overs.
  • In the final season of the Kia Super League (2019), Dane scored 97 runs from eight matches and took 12 wickets.
  • Van Niekerk is the fourth South African woman cricketer to score 2,000 runs in the ODI format.
  • Dane was the South African Women’s top-scorer in the 2017-2020 ICC Women’s Championship; she scored 596 runs from 13 matches between 2018 and 2020.
  • Van Niekerk was named captain of the Coronations team ahead of the 2019-2020 Women’s T20 Super League; she scored 146 runs and became the top-scorer of the tournament.
  • She captained the Oval Invincibles in the inaugural season (2021) of The Hundred; they defeated Southern Brave in the final and became the first-ever champions of The Hundred. Dane was the top scorer of the tournament with 259 runs from nine matches.
  • In 2021, she joined Adelaide Strikers Women for the 2021-2022 season of the Women’s Big Bash League; she scored 356 runs and took four wickets from 17 matches.
  • She missed the 2022 ICC World Cup following an ankle fracture; she slipped on a wet surface at her home and injured her left ankle.
  • Dane’s playing time at Oval Invincibles was limited during the 2022 season of The Hundred; she lacked match fitness and played in just three matches.
  • On 25 November 2022, the Starlights team signed Dane and appointed her as the team captain for the 2022-2023 season of the Women’s T20 Super League.
  • She was not included in the South African Women’s team for the 2023 ICC T20 World Cup after she failed the mandatory fitness test under Cricket South Africa (CSA); she took 18 seconds more to complete the 2km run as opposed to the required 9 minutes and 30 seconds. CSA’s decision was not received well among the fans and many cricketers including Dale Steyn and Marizanne Kapp shared their dismay on social media. She was part of the official commentary panel of the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) signed her for the inaugural season (2023) of the Women’s Premier League; however, she did not feature in any of the matches.

  • An Australian publication published her retirement news with the headline ‘Meant to stay broken: Fat-shamed cricket star to retire after 2km cut-off controversy.’

  • In March 2023, Oval Invincibles announced the signing of Dane ahead of the 2023 season of The Hundred.
  • On 24 March 2023, the Sunrisers signed her ahead of the 2023 Charlotte Edwards Cup.

  • In an interview, she revealed that her favourite moment in cricket was when she scored her maiden century.