Gerhard Erasmus and David Wiese ‘inspired a nation’ to Super 12s, which helped Namibia reach the T20 World Cup.

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Gerhard Erasmus and David Wiese ‘inspired a nation’ to Super 12s, which helped Namibia qualify for the T20 World Cup.

The Eagles will play Scotland in their first Super 12s match after defeating Ireland by eight wickets, but coach Pierre de Bruyn insists the result has far-reaching consequences.

When Namibia takes the field in the T20 World Cup Super 12s in Abu Dhabi, it will be on the heels of the greatest moment in the country’s cricketing history.

They are the lowest-ranked team in the competition, representing a country of only 2.5 million people with only three contracted players as of 2019.

Despite this, they breezed through Africa’s regional finals to qualify for the ICC qualifier, and in the tournament proper, they overcame a crushing seven-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in their Round 1 opener, going on to defeat both the Netherlands and Ireland to complete the fairytale.

“That moment against Ireland when we got the winning runs – it’s a moment the players will never, ever forget,” Namibia coach Pierre de Bruyn tells i.

“They’ll go down in history.”

They had hoped for this for a long time.

Those fantasies have now become a reality.”

David Wiese, who was held aloft by captain Gerhard Erasmus in the middle after completing the chase with nine balls to spare, was the star of the show.

It had to be those two, a duo who encapsulates Namibian cricket’s transformation in recent years in many ways.

Wiese was a South Africa international until 2017, when he signed a Kolpak contract with Sussex, making him ineligible for the Proteas.

With a father who was born in Namibia and a large family still living there, persuading him to relocate was relatively simple.

“At the end of the day, the first question was ‘do you still want to play for South Africa?'” recalls de Bruyn.

“‘Let’s redirect your focus if the answer is no.’

“We were able to bring him on board, and he’s a great guy to have around.”

He has experience, which helps, but it’s the professionalism that he brings at his age [36], the fact that he’s super fit, works hard, and the way he manages this group as a senior player that makes the difference.

“I think he put too much pressure on himself at some point.”

We had a great conversation a few days ago.

As I previously stated,

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Gerhard Erasmus and David Wiese ‘inspired a nation’ to Super 12s, which helped Namibia qualify for the T20 World Cup.

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