Marco Jansen is reportedly dating his girlfriend, Taneal Baptiste. Jansen’s IPL team shared the couples’ photo on X, formerly known as Twitter, a few months back.
Jansen has risen to the spotlight after signing for the Mumbai Indians, one of the most successful teams in the league, back in 2021 at the age of only 17.
Jansen and his twin brother, Duan, showed signs of greatness from a young age. Their father recalled the moment he realized his sons’ talents while watching them play in an Under-9s school match.
Marco Jansen, born on 1 May 2000, is a South African Cricketer who plays for the Warriors in domestic matches and for Sunrise Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.
Jansen showed early signs of being a great cricketer when the Bowling all-rounder scored 164 not out in a 20-over match at the age of 9. Jansen’s father was the first to identify his son’s talent after watching the match.
Moreover, the all-rounder made it into the South Africa national under-19 cricket team’s squad in January 2019.
After making his Twent20 debut in 2018-19 with The ITEC Knights, Jansen made it into the Durban Heat squad for the 2019 Mzansi Super League.
His career took a huge boost in February 2021 when the Mumbai Indians bought Jansen in the IPL auction for the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL).
However, in February 2022, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Jansen in the IPL auction for the 2022 season.
Marco Jansen Girlfriend
Marco Jansen is rumored to be still dating his girlfriend, Taneal Baptiste. The couple were spotted in a picture together when the South African celebrated his birthday on May 1.
Baptiste, the daughter of Mark and Jackie Baptiste and the sister of Kira Baptiste, is a well-known swimmer in South Africa.
The swimmer was a freshman at Indiana State University in Pretoria, South Africa, in the year 2018-19.
Furthermore, the rumored girlfriend of the cricketer competed in the individual medley (IM), butterfly, and freestyle events while attending the university.
Additionally, she was the swimmer of the year for her school, along with being the team captain for five years.
Currently, she ranks 41st in the South African National Open competition. Meanwhile, the swimmer ranks 8th in the Tuks Swimming Club.
Furthermore, the swimmer has won gold in the Swimming World Cup and has four gold medals for the African Junior Swimming Championships.
She was seen in a photo celebrating the cricketer’s 23rd birthday with his teammates.
Jansen’s current IPL club, Sunrise Hyderabad, posted the photo in X, congratulating the cricketer on his 23rd birthday.
The picture showcased the couple posing together and smiling while the cricketer’s face was covered in cake.
The picture might be proof enough to assume that the couple is still together and in a happy relationship.
However, there are no official reports on whether the couple is dating or has dated in the past. Moreover, there have been no more posts on their social media handles since the cricketer’s birthday.
Consequently, it is tough to speculate whether the couple is still together or has decided to call it quits.
A Family Of Cricketers: Brother Duan Jansen
Marco has a twin sibling along with two sisters Leandri and Bianca Jansen. Just like Marco, Duan is a professional cricketer.
The twins had famously bowled to Indian legend Virat Kohli in the nets back in the 2017-18 season during India’s tour of South Africa.
The twins managed to impress the legendary Indian cricketer, earning praise from the superstar himself as he commented, “Well bowled”
Similarly, Duan played for North West in the CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup on January 10, 2019, making his first-class debut.
On 13 September 2019, the twin brother made his Twenty20 debut in the 2019-20 CSA Provincial T20 Cup for Free State.
In 2023, the left-arm fast bowler debuted for Mumbai Indians against the Kolkata Knight Riders, taking one for 53, where his team would go on to get a five-wicket win over Knight Riders.
The twin brothers are the first pair of twins to play in the IPL.
Duan believes that despite the twins looking alike and doing similar things on the field, he is very different from his brother Marco and that he has different contributions to make to his team.