Touched ‘heights’ as soon as he changed country in T20 World Cup, scored runs and took wickets in abundance, became Player of the Match at the age of 39

New Delhi. Some players have represented teams from two countries in the T20 World Cup, prominent among them are Corey Anderson and David Wiese. Anderson, who was a member of the New Zealand team in two T20 World Cups, is playing for the USA in the current T20 World Cup. Similarly, David Wiese, who played for South Africa in the 2016 World Cup, is a member of the Namibian team since the 2021 World Cup and is performing well.

In the T20 World Cup 2024, Vise has taken 3 wickets in two matches so far and scored 23 runs. Namibia’s first match was tied against Oman (Namibia vs Oman) and the decision was made through a super over. In the super over, Vise performed well with bat and ball and ensured the team’s victory. In the super over, while he scored 12 runs (one six and one four) in three balls to take the team to 21 runs, he restricted Oman to a score of 10 runs by taking one wicket in bowling and ensured the team’s victory.

The fourth oldest cricketer became the Player of the Match in T20 WC
Vise is the fourth oldest cricketer to become Player of the Match in T20 World Cup. He achieved this feat at the age of 39 years 16 days. Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya is at the first place in this matter. He received the Player of the Match award in T20 World Cup at the age of 39 years 345 days. Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik has become Player of the Match in T20 World Cup at the age of 39 years 276 days and Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan has become Player of the Match in T20 World Cup at the age of 39 years 153 days. However, Vise is the first player from an Associate Country to achieve this feat at the age of 39.

South Africa’s performance in the tournament was ordinary

Talking about 39-year-old Vise, ‘changing the country’ has proved to be a deal of success for him. The 2016 T20 World Cup while playing for South Africa was quite ordinary for him. While playing against a giant team like South Africa, he was able to find a place in the playing XI in only a few matches. He got a chance to play in only 3 matches of the 2016 T20 World Cup held in India, in which he scored 28 runs at an average of 28 and took only one wicket at a poor average of 74.

Namibia’s star performers in the 2021 T20 World Cup

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Right-arm fast bowler and useful batsman Vise then decided to play for Namibia. His first T20 World Cup of 2021 was a brilliant performance. During this, apart from scoring 227 runs (best 66*) in 8 matches at an average of 45.40, he also took 6 wickets (best 2/22). He scored an unbeaten 66 against the Netherlands and an unbeaten 43 against Pakistan. His performance played an important role in taking the team to the Super 12. In the 2022 World Cup held in Australia, he scored 66 runs in 3 matches at an average of 33 and took three wickets at an average of 21.66.

Namibia has defeated Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup 2022
ICC associate member Namibia is participating in the T20 World Cup for the third time in 2024. The Namibian team has played a total of 12 matches in the 2021 and 2022 tournaments, out of which the team has won four and lost 7. One match was tied in which the team later won. The Namibian team has made a blast in 2022 by defeating one-time world champion Sri Lanka by 55 runs. In this match, Namibia scored 163 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs and then bundled out the Sri Lankan team for 108 runs in 19 overs. David Wiese, Bernard Schultz and Ben Shikongo took two wickets each in the match.

He is counted among the best all-rounders of T20

Born in Roodepoort, Gauteng Province, South Africa, Wiese is considered one of the best players in the shorter format. He has played 15 ODIs and 51 T20Is so far. In ODIs, he has scored 330 runs with the help of one half-century and has taken 15 wickets, while in T20Is, he has scored 582 runs with the help of three half-centuries and has taken 57 wickets. In T20 Internationals, he has taken 4 wickets in an innings once and 5 wickets in an innings once. Out of his 15 ODIs, he has played 6 for South Africa and 9 for Namibia, and out of his 51 T20Is, he has played 20 for South Africa and 31 for Namibia.

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