South African pacer joins Namibia national team
Namibian national cricket team has been strengthened by the recent arrival of the young pace bowler Ruben Trumpelmann, who is a South African player.
The 22-year old Trumpelmann was born in South Africa, but is eligible to play for Namibia since his father was born there. The pacer grew up in Pretoria and after school went on to represent South Africa Universities as well as a South African Invitational team.
He made his senior debut for Northerns in the Cricket South Africa One Day Challenge series at the age of 19, in November 2017. since then he has gone on to play 17 first class matches, taking a total of 41 wickets, with a best performance of four wickets for 27 runs.
He is also quite a handy batsman. He had scored 345 first class runs at an average of 20.29, with 73 as the Highest score.
Trumpelmann said that the Namibian coach Pierre de Bruyn and his assistant Albie Morkel, whom he knew from Northerns, had played a big role in convincing him to play for Namibia, during a net practice session.
“My dad was born in Windhoek, so I always knew about my link to Namibia but I never thought about it much. Then in September last year I saw Albie (Morkel) at the airport and he said why don’t I consider playing for Namibia, because Namibia by then had gained One Day International status. Pierre (de Bruyn) was also a big motivator so I decided to join Namibia,”
Trumpelmann has since moved to Windhoek where he has joined his team mates as the preparation for the T20 World Cup. He said he was excited to be a member of the Namibian squad and looking forward to the World Cup and determined to do well.
“So far things have gone very well, I enjoy the team environment and I feel at home. We have a good culture and have a chance of pulling off a surprise or two during the first round at the World Cup, and from there anything is possible,” he said.