Rabada wins SA Newcomer of the Year


Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has continued his rise to prominence when he was named as South Africa's Newcomer of the Year at the 10th annual SA Sports Awards on Sunday.

The 20 year-old Rabada took a hattrick on his way to recording the best-ever bowling figures on ODI debut of six for 16 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in July.

The right-arm paceman has now established himself in the national set up and is a regular member in the Proteas squads in all three formats of game.

Cricket was one of the more celebrated sports on the night with Proteas women's cricketer Shabnim Ismail nominated for the player of the year in the women's category while AB de Villiers was nominated for the Sports Star of the year.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) chairman, Haroon Lorgat commented "Kagiso Rabada is a standout talent and destined for greatness.  
"The success of our programmes is also reflected in the fact that we had several other finalist nominees including our World No. 1 Proteas Test team, the world's best batsman, AB de Villiers, for the SA Sports Star of the Year, Shabnim Ismail in the SA Women's Sports Star of the Year award, and Geoffrey Toyana as SA Coach of the Year.

"While Kagiso deservedly won his award the other nominees make us equally proud and deserve our congratulations for being recognised among the best in their respective categories."