Kagiso Rabada swept the South African awards night by winning six of the eight available awards to him. Cricket South Africa held its annual ceremony in Johannesburg on Saturday evening (June 2) and Rabada also won the South African Cricketer of the Year in men’s category.
Dane van Niekerk's exploits in women’s game earned her the same title in women’s category. "It is encouraging that for the second time in a row our premier awards have gone to our young stars who are shining with distinction alongside our world-class senior players," said CSA's acting chief executive Thabang Moroe.
The two awards that Rabada didn’t win was the T20 International player of the year, which went to recently retired AB de Villiers and the KFC Colonel's Always Original Award, which went to David Miller for his world record fifty against Bangladesh in T20I. Aiden Markram won the International Newcomer of the Year after he scored 1000 runs at an average of 55.55 in his first 10 Tests.
This was a repeat of 2016 ceremony, were Rabada had also picked six awards. This time around he was named as the Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year, the SA Players' Player of the Year and SA Fans Player of the Year, and his dismissal of David Warner was named as Delivery of the Year. Rabada took 72 wickets in 13 Tests at an average of 19.52, a period that saw him rise to the top of the ICC's Test rankings.
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: NATIONAL
SA Cricketer of the Year: Kagiso Rabada
Test Cricketer of the Year: Kagiso Rabada
ODI Cricketer of the Year: Kagiso Rabada
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 T20I century v Bangladesh)
Delivery of the Year: Kagiso Rabada (to Warner, 3rd Test v Australia, PPC Newlands)
International Newcomer of the Year: Aiden Markram
SA Women's Cricketer of the Year: Dane van Niekerk
SA Women's Players' Player of the Year: Laura Wolvaardt
Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year: Laura Wolvaardt
Women's T20 Cricketer of the Year: Chloe Tryon
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: DOMESTIC
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)