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South Africa’s brightest cricket stars honoured

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Rabada won no fewer than six awards, no other cricketer has ever won more than five awards

Kagiso Rabada and Dané van Niekerk. Pictures: CSA, REUTERS

Kagiso Rabada and Dané van Niekerk were recognised in the company of the country’s cricketing elite when they were both named South African Cricketer of the Year in their respective categories at a glittering Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards function in Sandton on Saturday evening.

Rabada and Van Niekerk had both been previously named South African Men’s Cricketer of the Year and South African Women’s Cricketer of the Year respectively in 2016.

It was a six-star evening for Rabada who won no fewer than six awards and he has now done it both in 2016 and 2018. No other cricketer has ever won more than five awards.

The other nine men’s player players to have received CSA’s most prestigious men’s award are Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011), Makhaya Ntini (2005 and 2006), Hashim Amla (2010 and 2013) and AB de Villiers (2014 and 2015) who have all won the award twice with the other previous winners being Shaun Pollock (2007), Dale Steyn (2008), Graeme Smith (2009), Vernon Philander (2012) and Quinton de Kock (2017).

In addition to the main award, Rabada was named Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year and Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year, was honoured by his peers by being named South Africa’s Players’ Player of the Year and by the fans on being named SA Fans Player of the Year.

He also won the award for the RAM Delivery of the Year when he dismissed David Warner in the third Sunfoil Test match between the Standard Bank Proteas and Australia at PPC Newlands in March this year.

It has been a remarkable year for Rabada who rose to the No 1 ranking in the world in Test match cricket, cracking the 900-point barrier and is currently the leading wicket-taker in the 2018 calendar year with 38 dismissals at an average of 19.65. He is also ranked No  7 in ODI cricket and was named in the ICC Test XI for the 2017 calendar year.

List of awards

SA Men’s Cricketer of the Year: Kagiso Rabada

SA Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Dané van Niekerk

Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year: Kagiso Rabada

Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year: Kagiso Rabada

Standard Bank T20 International Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers

SA Players’ Player of the Year: Kagiso Rabada

SA Fans’ Player of the Year: Kagiso Rabada

KFC Colonel’s Always Original Award: David Miller (fastest T20 International century vs Bangladesh)

RAM Delivery of the Year: Kagiso Rabada (to Warner, 3rd Test vs Australia, PPC Newlands)

International Newcomer of the Year: Aiden Markram

SA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year: Laura Wolvaardt

Momentum Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Laura Wolvaardt

Momentum Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year: Chloe Tryon

Domestic awards

Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season: Simon Harmer (Warriors)

Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Season: Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans)

RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Player of the Season: Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans)

Pitchvision Coach of the Year: Mark Boucher (Multiply Titans)

Domestic Players’ Player of the Season: Pieter Malan (WSB Cape Cobras)

Domestic Newcomer of the Year: Kyle Verreynne (WSB Cape Cobras)

Africa T20 Cup Player of the Tournament: Sarel Erwee (KZN Inland)

SACA Most Valuable Player Award: Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors)

Operations awards

CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year: Adrian Holdstock

CSA Umpire of the Year: Shaun George

Affiliate of the Year: Northerns Cricket Union

Kemach JCB Groundsman of the Year: Evan Flint (PPC Newlands)

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