Mignon Du Preez Biography :
Mignon Du Preez is a former South African Women’s cricket team captain and she has been selected for the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. She is a part time Wicketkeeper and right handed batsman. She is a legend in the South Africa Women’s team as she has captained the most in the country’s women’s history. She is also the leading run scorer of all time for South Africa women. Her test cap no. is 50. She is also the first woman to play 100 ODIs for South Africa.
She has played over 200 international matches for her country. She is pursuing a marketing degree from the University of Pretoria.
Her experience will play a vital role when South Africa head to the World Cup.
Mignon Du Preez was born on June 13, 1989 in Pretoria, South Africa. At the age of 13, she blasted a double century in a 40-over provincial U-13 game between Gauteng and North Gauteng. She rose to fame with this innings. She continued the good form in the domestic arena and in 2007 against Pakistan, she was awarded the place in the national side as an injury replacement to captain Shandre Fritz. She scored a well compiled 55 runs off 69 balls. She established herself as a consistent top order batter.
Mignon added a feather in her cap when she was made the captain of the side in 2011.
Test- 2014 vs India Women
ODIs- 2007 vs Pakistan Women
T20s- 2007 vs NewZealand Women
Career Batting stats
Test- 1M/ 119 runs/ 59.5 avg/ 39.1 SR
ODIs- 127 M/ 3161 runs/ 31.9 avg/ 66.3 SR
T20s- 95 M/ 1569 runs/ 21.5 avg/ 99.6 SR
She led the team in 1 Test, 46 ODIs and 50 T20s. She was the first captain to guide South Africa women to the semifinals of the Women ‘s World Cup in 2014 Cricket World Cup. Dan Van Niekerk did that again in the 2017 World Cup.
She resigned as captain in 2017 to focus more on her batting. She is the only South African woman to smash 1000 runs in One day Internationals.
She was one of the fourteen players to be awarded a central contract by CSA.A predominant leg side player, Mignon has run tally of close to 5000 runs.
In the inaugural Women’s Big Bash league, she played for Melbourne Stars before returning again for the third season. She has played 49 matches for Stars accumulating 1118 runs with the strike rate of 108.She played for Sussex County in Women’s County Championship. In the Women’s Cricket Super League she played for the Southern vipers.
She plays for Northern Women in the domestic circuit of South Africa. She has also played 2018 ICC T20 Worldcup in West Indies.
During her captaincy tenure, South Africa women managed to win maiden ODI series against India and Bangladesh.
Playing role- Top order and Middle order batter
Batting style- Right handed
Bowling- right arm medium fast
Team’s played for- Southern Vipers, Melbourne Stars, Sussex Women, South Africa women
Formats played- All formats
She is married to Tony Van der Merwe.Her favourite cricket player is Indian legend Mithali Raj. Her favourite food is Braaivleis. Thailand is her favorite holiday destination. Her jersey number is 22.Her favourite band is Hillsong Worship and Bethel Music.
She believes that the talent was given by God and she is using the best of her abilities. Her dream is to be a part of the South Africa women’s squad to bring an ICC Women’s World Cup trophy home.
Full Name- Mignon Du Preez
Age- 30 years old
Hometown- Pretoria, South Africa
Zodiac sign- Gemini
Nationality- South Africa
Date of birth- June 13, 1989
School- Hoërskool Zwartkop
University- University of Pretoria
Estimated Net worth- approx. 3 Million US Dollars