T20 WC 2024: Who is South Africa-born Namibian all-rounder David Wiese?

Wiese produced a sensational performance in Namibia's 2024 T20 World Cup opener against Oman at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on 3 June.

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‘Aging like fine wine’ – this popular metaphor is apt for Namibian all-rounder David Wiese. At the age of 39, the veteran cricketer is carrying the team on his shoulders with both bat and ball. Wiese produced a sensational performance in Namibia's 2024 T20 World Cup opener against Oman at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on 3 June.

Namibia managed to restrict Oman to 109, with Wiese playing a key role by picking up three wickets for 28 runs in 3.4 overs. His contribution with the bat was small, but the impact was big. Chasing a modest total, Namibia went into deep trouble and Wiese’s 9 off 8 balls proved decisive as the game headed into a Super Over.

The big man completely took over the rest of the proceedings as he opened the batting and bowling for Namibia in the 6-ball contest. He scored 13 runs off the first four balls, including a six and a four, to take the team to 21/0. In reply, the right-arm pacer conceded just 10 runs and took one wicket to lead Namibia to a thrilling victory.

A Glimpse of David Wiese's Cricketing Journey

David Wiese is a South African-born Namibian cricketer. He was eligible to play international cricket for Namibia as his father was born in the Southern African country. Grew up in the eastern Mpumalanga Province, Wiese represented South Africa from 2013 to 2016 before focusing on county cricket.

Notably, he was included in the South African squad for the 2016 ICC World T20 Cup, where they got eliminated in the Super 10s. Wiese made his debut for Namibia in October 2021. He is one of the five players to have represented two countries in the T20 World Cup.

Known for his explosive batting in the lower order and his ability to trouble batter with slower balls, Wiese was initially discouraged by his parents from pursuing a career in cricket. The right-hander has played 65 international matches and has amassed 912 runs and took 73 wickets. He has also represented multiple franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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