Roelof van der Merwe is a Dutch cricketer who was once a South African player. He was born on December 31, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In 2015, van der Merwe acquired Dutch nationality and joined the Netherlands cricket team. He plays as an all-rounder in his team. He is a right-handed batsman and a left arm orthodox spin bowler.
Roelof van der Merwe started his career in 2006 as a hobby. He joined the domestic team of Northern South Africa and his domestic season of 2007-08 went pretty well.
He became the leading wicket taker for the Titans in Super Sport Series. He also gave an all-round performance in the MTN Domestic Championship in 2008 and the Standard Bank Pro20 Series.
With back to back performances, he won various Player of the Year awards in 2008 including one from Cricket South Africa. He also helped the Titans to retain their title one year later.
Van der Merwe played his first international match against Australia in 2009. It was a T20 match but his performance was meagre in that match.
He was given a second chance in the next match, which he used to show off his cricketing skills. He took one wicket and scored 48 runs to bag the Man of the Match award.
Rise to Glory
When he was selected for the ODI team of South Africa, he became one of the few batsmen to start off his career with a six. He even took three wickets and made all round impact.
In 2015, he got Dutch citizenship and migrated to the Netherlands where he joined the Netherlands Cricket Team. He continued making all round performances in his new team as well which made Netherlands win the World Cricket League and play the T20 World Cup.
Ever since van der Merwe joined the South African team, he was kept going through numerous fights to be in the team as the South African team was full of all-rounders like AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis etc.
He remained off the field after 2010 in ODI matches. This struggling affected his performance and he went unsold in Indian Premier League 2014.
van der Merwe has played for a number of clubs as he is more of club cricketer. He has been a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils in IPL and Brisbane Heats in the Big Bash League. He has also played for Somerset and St Lucia in their respective home leagues.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that Roelof van der Merwe had turned his back on South African cricket and moved to the Netherlands, where he was planning using his passport for that country to enter the county game.
Van der Merwe quits South African Cricket to play for the Netherlands
South African all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe has switched his nationality to the Dutch to revive his international cricketing career. He played his last match for the Proteas side in 2010 against West Indies.