It was a night for the two national captains as Fa du Plessis and Dane van Niekerk were named South African Cricketer of the Year in their respective categories at the annual CSA awards evening.
Not only were they recognized by Cricket South Africa, du Plessis walked away with the SA Players’ Player of the Year award while van Niekerk was also recognized by her peers as he was awarded the SA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year.
In the individual formats, du Plessis was named Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year while the Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year and Standard Bank T20 International Cricketer of the Year awards went to Quinton de Kock and David Miller respectively.
Kagiso Rabada, who dominated last years proceedings, had to settle for the sole SA Fans Player of the Year award while Vernon Philander won the CSA Delivery of the Year went to Vernon Philander for his dismissal of Azhar Ali of Pakistan in the 3rd Castle Lager Test match.
For the SA Women, opening bowlers Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail walked away with ODI Player of the Year and T20 International Player of the Year respectively.
“Faf and Dane have both had very good years, both as contributors in their specific disciplines and also in the leadership qualities they bring to our two senior national sides,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe.
“Both our Standard Bank Proteas and our Women’s Proteas are well ranked both as teams and individuals across the various formats. I must particularly highlight the Proteas first ever away ODI bilateral series win in Australia. It is quite remarkable that over the past few years Faf has led the Proteas to home and away ODI Series wins over Australia as well as our first ever home Test series win against the same opponents.
“Just how much Dane means to our women’s team became evident when she was ruled out of action for a considerable period of time through injury.
“It is also a very special moment for the CSA Family to honour our leading Test wicket-taker of all time, Dale Steyn, with the KFC Streetwise award. He has been a wonderful brand ambassador for both CSA and the Proteas for well over a decade and he has not only been a great leader of the Proteas attack but has also played a key role as mentor of the next generation.
SA Men’s Cricketer of the Year: Faf du Plessis
SA Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Dane van Niekerk
Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year: Quinton de Kock
Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year: Faf du Plessis
Standard Bank T20 International Cricketer of the Year: David Miller
SA Players’ Player of the Year: Faf du Plessis
SA Fans’ Player of the Year: Kagiso Rabada
KFC Streetwise Award: Dale Steyn (SA’s leading Test wicket-taker of all-time)
CSA Delivery of the Year: Vernon Philander (dismissal of Azhar Ali, first innings, 3rd Test)
International Men’s Newcomer of the Year: Rassie van der Dussen
International Women’s Newcomer of the Year: Tumi Sekhukhune
SA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year: Dane van Niekerk
Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Marizanne Kapp
Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year Shabnim Ismail
Four-day franchise Series Cricketer of the Season: Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)
Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Season: Junior Dala (Multiply Titans)
CSA T20 Challenge Player of the Season: Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions)
Mzansi Super League Impact Player of the Year: Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars)
Mzansi Super League Young Player of the Year: Lutho Sipamla (Tshwane Spartans)
Pitchvision Coach of the Season: Enoch Nkwe (bizhub Highveld Lions)
Domestic Players’ Player of the Season: Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions)
Domestic Newcomer of the Season: Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors)
Africa T20 Cup Player of the Tournament: Marco Marais (Border)
SACA Most Valuable Player Award: Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras)
CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year: Bongani Jele
CSA Umpire of the Year: Shaun George
CSA Scorers Association of the Year: Gauteng Cricket Scorers Association