Marchant de Lange

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Marchant de Lange
Personal information
Full name Marchant de Lange
Born (1990-10-13) 13 October 1990 (age 24)
Tzaneen, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Nickname Langy, Chant, Chana
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 312) 26 December 2011 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 23 March 2012 v New Zealand
Only ODI (cap 103) 3 March 2012 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
2014 Mumbai Indians
2011–present Titans
2010–present Easterns
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 2 1 18 15
Runs scored 9 204 125
Batting average 4.50 10.20 15.62
100s/50s 0/0 –/– 0/0 0/0
Top score 9 35 29
Balls bowled 448 54 3,157 702
Wickets 9 4 67 31
Bowling average 30.78 11.50 28.77 19.22
5 wickets in innings 1 0 4 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 7/81 4/46 7/81 5/67
Catches/stumpings 1/– 0/– 8/– 5/–
Source: CricketArchive, 27 March 2012

Marchant de Lange (born 13 October 1990) is a South African cricketer. He is a right-arm fast bowler and tail-end right-handed batsman and was called up to the South Africa squad from relative obscurity and little first-class experience for the series against Sri Lanka. De Lange was drafted as a late replacement for Vernon Philander in the second test match against Sri Lanka and returned figures of 8/126 on Test debut, including 7/81 in the Sri Lankan first innings.[1] The figures are the best for any bowler in Test cricket in 2011.[2]

Playing Style[edit]

de Lange is a tall right-arm fast bowler with an ability to gain swing and accuracy. Prior to his cricketing career, de Lange was a javelin thrower hence his ability to attain such impressive pace around 145-150 Km/hr from a short run-up.

International career[edit]

de Lange, at the age of 19, made his first class debut in 2010 for Easterns against Free State and returned match figures of 4/99. He was called up to the South Africa squad from relative obscurity and little first-class experience for the series against Sri Lanka and impressed in the second test with pace and bounce claiming 7-81 in the Sri Lankan first-innings and capturing 1-56 in the second. He suffered an injury during an unofficial T20 series in Zimbabwe in early 2012 and was forced to remodel his action to prevent further recurrences of the injury happening again.

He made his Twenty20 debut against New Zealand on 19 February 2012 at Hamilton. He took the wicket of Martin Guptill on his debut.[3]

Indian Premier League[edit]

Marchant de Lange was a surprise buy in the 2012 Auction with Kolkata Knight Riders notching him up for his base price of $50,000. That season he played in three matches and picked up 3 wickets at an average of 35.66.

In players auction for IPL 2014, Mumbai Indian bought this talented bowler for Rs. 30 lakhs. He debuted for them in their second match against Delhi Daredevils replacing their best bowler Lasith Malinga. It was an important match as Mumbai needed to win all their in order to qualify for the playoffs. He went for 10 in his first over but impressed everyone with a great comeback, bowling Dinesh Karthik out in the first ball he bowled to him and later getting the important wicket of Manoj Tiwary. He finished with figures 2/31 and received the Kanna Keep Calm award for keeping his cool and turning the game around for his team.

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