Rabada cleans up CSA awards

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Kagiso Rabada hit the record books for a six when he was named South African Cricketer of the Year and in all received a total of six awards at a glittering Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards banquet on Tuesday.

He is the first player to win six individual awards – both AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla had previously won five – and at the age of 21 years 62 days is by far the youngest to have won South African cricket’s premier accolade.

The other eight players to have received CSA's most prestigious 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), and Vernon Philander (2012).

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

The fast bowler received his sixth award for bowling the RAM delivery of the Year to England's Jason Roy in the T20 International at the Wanderers Stadium.

His international statistics are remarkable with 24 wickets in only six Test matches at an average of 24.70 with a strike rate of 39.6 and 37 wickets in 20 ODIs at an average of 21.45 with an economy rate of 4.78 and a strike rate of 26.9.

The only awards he did not win for which he was eligible were the T20 International Player of the Year award that went to Imran Tahir and the So Good award that went to Temba Bavuma.

Stephen Cook, who made a century on Test debut against England, was named International Newcomer of the Year while the new national captain, Dane van Niekerk, was named Women's Cricketer of the Year.

"Simply outstanding! Congratulations to Kagiso on recording one of the most remarkable debut years that any young cricketer has achieved in our history," commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

"Added to his record-breaking performances and statistics, is his humility and level headedness that you would normally associate with a senior player.

"With injuries to our main fast bowlers during this past year, he has had to step up and lead the attack. How brilliantly has he done that!

"This may not have been the best year for the Proteas in a team sense but there have been some great individual performances, especially from newcomers to the side.

"Temba Bavuma and Stephen Cook, who are other award winners this evening plus Quinton de Kock have all recorded their maiden Test centuries."

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