“Overwhelmed after winning the award,” says Proteas Captain Dane van Niekerk

South Africa Women’s captain Dane van Niekerk said that she was ‘caught by surprise’ on being awarded the ‘Women’s cricketer of the Year’ and the ‘Women’s Players’ Player of the Year’ prizes at Cricket South Africa’s annual awards function.

Dane Van Niekerk. Pic Credits

The all-rounder’s surprise reaction was fairly because of the fact that she had been out for nearly six months due to an injury. Expressing her delight she said, “It’s obviously a bit of an emotional ride for me right now. You know I love the game, so being away from my teammates first of all, and being away from the game, was really tough.”

“First of all, the recognition from my teammates, that means the most because it shows they appreciated the efforts that I put in before I got injured and then obviously getting Player of the Year, I didn’t expect it,” she added.

on being honoured with the awards

Since the beginning of June last year, the 26-year-old scored a century and seven half centuries and also took 12 wickets from 19 ODIs and T20Is before she was forced to take a leave from the field due to injury.

Kanika Parineeta

‘Gully’ cricket player and close observer of Indian Cricket team and it’s matches. Straight forward and still socially admirable personality. Strong belief in teamwork and possess high leadership skills.

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