Bowling for the Delhi Capitals, Marizanne Kapp ran through the Gujarat Giants’ batting order with a stunning new ball spell. bowling 4 overs on a trot with the new ball, Kapp returned with mind-boggling figures of 5/15. Her 5 victims included the UP top-4 of Sabbhineni Meghana, Laura Wolvaardt, Harleen Deol, and Ashleigh Gardner, and then the fifth wicket was of wicket-keeper Sushma Verma.
Marizanne Kapp’s fiery new-ball spell helped DC bowl GG out for a paltry total of 105, which DC chased down with all 10 wickets in hands in only 7.1 overs, courtesy of Shafali Verma’s blitzkrieg.
One person who was the most happiest – perhaps even more than Kapp – on Kapp’s five-fer was her life partner, her wife, Dane van Niekerk, who was present in the DY Patil stadium and watched her partner bowl superbly.
😇 Nothing to see here, just two married working women, Dane van Niekerk (#RCB) and Marizanne Kapp (#DC), catching up after their match on Sunday evening 🏻#CheerTheW #TATAWPL pic.twitter.com/yayQanmFXf
— JioCinema (@JioCinema) March 5, 2023
Is Marizanne Kapp married? Who is her wife?
Marizanne Kapp is married to her former captain and South Africa teammate and Dane van Niekerk. The pair got married in July 2018.
Both Kapp and Dane van Niekerk made their South Africa debuts in 2009 and shared the dressing room together for over a decade. They became close and fell in love, and later on decided to get married in 2018.
Both all-rounders have been legends of the women’s cricket and have been great servants of South African cricket. However, Dane van Niekerk was dropped from the recent T20 World Cup squad on the basis of not meeting the fitness standards.
5for my nou!!! https://t.co/Yh1UUswkAR
— Danevn81 (@Danevn811) March 11, 2023
This created a massive furor among fans over the exclusion of Dane van Niekerk, not on the basis of form, but “purely based” on missing the fitness parameters by a little margin. Recently, it has been learned that van Niekerk has decided to retire from international cricket.
Dane van Niekerk’s wife and a crucial member of the South African team that eventually reached the final beyond expectations, Marizanne Kapp, was very vocal on Van Niekerk’s exclusion.
Kapp said leaving out Dane van Niekerk from the South Africa squad is akin to leaving out Meg Lanning from Australia’s squad, and that the former skipper’s absence was a big hole in the team.
“If you ask anyone, they’re going to lie if they say no,” Kapp told ESPNcricinfo. “It’s like taking a Meg Lanning out of the Australian team. She is definitely missed but I think the girls have been coping well and now it’s up to the seniors to put up their hands.
“This past year has been extremely tough for Dane. She’s really been struggling, she’s been working hard and to miss out at the end there, by that close, it really hurts her. She took her time to try and get over it. It still hurts, I know when I speak to her it still hurts but I think she’s been coping well. It’s been helping that she’s been commentating so you kind of still feel like she’s involved in the World Cup. Luckily now with the WPL, she got to a gig there so I think for her confidence that would be good if she just gets on the park again.”
For the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League, WPL 2023, Dane van Niekerk was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore at the price of 30 Lakhs.