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Roelof van der Merwe

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NameRoelof van der Merwe
BornDecember 31, 1984
Johannesburg, Transvaal
Age35 years 220 days
TeamsSouth Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa U19, Titans, Delhi Capitals, Somerset, Brisbane Heat, South Africa A, St Lucia Zouks, Netherlands, Joburg Giants, Hung Hom JD Jaguars, Maratha Arabians, Amsterdam Knights, Tshwane Spartans
Nicknamevan der Merwe
Bat StyleRight Handed Bat
Bowl StyleLeft-arm orthodox
Batting Statistics
Bowling Statistics
BBI-27 / 335 / 420 / 4
BBM-27 / 335 / 420 / 4
An attacking middle order batsman and a left arm orthodox spinner, Roelof Erasmus van der Merwe represented South Africa in the 2004 Under 19 World Cup before making his first class debut in 2006 for Northerns. His duck on debut set the tone for the rest of the season as he turned out to be a failure. But good times came in 2007, when he made a switch to franchise cricket with the Titans. He had tremendous success in the shorter formats with Titans with both the bat and ball. He was Titans' leading wicket taker in the MTN Domestic Championship with 27 wickets, and also scored 269 runs batting in the middle order. In the Standard Bank Pro20 series that followed, he became the third highest wicket taker with 13 wickets and also contributed with 192 runs. Titans won both the tournaments and van der Merwe swept all the awards, bagging the Player of the Year, MTN Domestic Championship Player of the Year, Standard Bank Pro20 Series Player of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year at the team's end of season awards. At the South African annual cricket function, he bagged the Domestic Newcomer of the Year award.

In the season that followed, van der Merwe once again starred with 30 wickets to help Titans retain the MTN Domestic Championship title. With such consistent shows in the limited overs formats, a national call up was just a matter of time and it arrived soon when he was picked for the home series against Australia in 2009. He made an impact straightaway, bagging the Man of the Match award on T20 debut with a quickfire 48 runs. He was picked for the ODI series that followed and returned a 3 wicket haul in the 2nd match. However, he was always made to fight hard for a spot in the star studded South African line up and was on and off the one day team. He missed out on a berth to the World Cup in 2011.

He played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2nd and 3rd seasons, before being picked up by Delhi Daredevils in the auctions for IPL 4 but was unsold in the 2014 auctions.

By Karthik Lakshmanan