Full name Roelof Erasmus van der Merwe
Born December 31, 1984, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Current age 32 years 85 days
Major teams Netherlands, South Africa, Brisbane Heat, Delhi Daredevils, Northerns, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Somerset, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, St Lucia Zouks, Titans
Also known as Roela
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|ODI debut||South Africa v Australia at Centurion, Apr 5, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v South Africa at Port of Spain, Jun 3, 2010 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v Australia at Centurion, Mar 29, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Hong Kong v Netherlands at Dubai (DSC), Jan 18, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Limpopo v Northerns at Duiwelskloof, Dec 7-9, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Hong Kong v Netherlands at Mong Kok, Feb 10-13, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northerns v North West at Pretoria, Oct 15, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hong Kong v Netherlands at Mong Kok, Feb 18, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Titans v Warriors at Benoni, Mar 28, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Hong Kong v Netherlands at Dubai (DSC), Jan 18, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|28, 2/36||Netherlands||v Hong Kong||Mong Kok||18 Feb 2017||LA|
|62, 1/60||Netherlands||v Hong Kong||Mong Kok||16 Feb 2017||LA|
|2/103, 135, 0/35, 2||Netherlands||v Hong Kong||Mong Kok||10 Feb 2017||FC|
|0/29, 8||Netherlands||v Hong Kong||Dubai (DSC)||18 Jan 2017||T20I # 584|
|2/26, 6||Netherlands||v Scotland||Abu Dhabi||17 Jan 2017||T20I # 582|
|1/25, 35*||Netherlands||v Oman||Abu Dhabi||15 Jan 2017||T20I # 579|
|0, 0/15, 3/59||Somerset||v Notts||Taunton||20 Sep 2016||FC|
|0, 0/0, 22, 0/32||Somerset||v Warwickshire||Taunton||6 Sep 2016||FC|
|2/62, 5||Somerset||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||29 Aug 2016||LA|
|3/99, 102*, 2/54||Somerset||v Hampshire||Taunton||23 Aug 2016||FC|
With just a clutch of domestic and Under-19 matches to his credit, Roelof van der Merwe marked his Twenty20 international debut for South Africa with a quickfire 48 and 1 for 30. He was duly named Man of the Match. It marked a quick rise for a tidy left-arm spinner who can hit the ball hard.
van der Merwe played in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup before he made his domestic debut in 2006 for Northerns, scoring a duck, and the rest of his playing time that season was rather bland. But when he moved to franchise cricket with the Titans for the 2007-08 season, he found success. van der Merwe topped the wickets tally in the MTN Domestic Championship and finished third in the Standard Bank Pro20 Series, contributing handy run in both tournaments. The Titans won both titles and van der Merwe was named 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 for the Titans. He was later named Domestic Newcomer of the Year at the SA Cricket awards. The following season van der Merwe's 30 wickets were pivotal as the Titans retained the MTN Domestic Championship.
van der Merwe was then picked up for South Africa's two Twenty20 matches against Australia in March 2009 and was catapulted him into the big lights. There was also a contract for the IPL's Bangalore franchise, the Royal Challengers.
Cricinfo staff April 2009
South Africa Player of the Year 2009
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?