South Africa news May 13, 2017

De Kock dominates South Africa's awards

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Quinton de Kock has impressed in front and behind the stumps © AFP

Quinton de Kock has been named South African Cricketer of the Year and also picked up four other titles at the annual awards.

De Kock's haul was one short of the six prizes handed to Kagiso Rabada last year. As well as being named Test Cricketer and ODI Cricketer of the Year, de Kock also earned the Players' Player of the Year and the Fan's Player of the Year. Imran Tahir was named the T20I Cricketer of the Year.

Sune Luus was named Women's Cricketer of the Year and their Players' Player award went to Lizelle Lee. The international newcomer awards went to Keshav Maharaj and Laura Wolvaardt.

De Kock's year included a career-best ODI score of 178 against Australia as well as his Test century in Hobart which helped clinch the series victory last November. Tahir's T20 exploits included a career-best 5 for 24 against New Zealand at Eden Park.

Temba Bavuma and Rabada earned acknowledgment for individual moments of brilliance, which both came in the same match: Bavuma for his run out of David Warner at Perth and Rabada for the delivery which bowled Usman Khawaja.

"What a year Quinton has had," Haroon Lorgat, the CSA chief executive, said. "He has shown the maturity of a seasoned campaigner with performances that have really counted when needed most, often blowing away the opposition in the process.

"It is encouraging that for the second time in a row our premier award has gone to one of our young stars who is shining with distinction alongside our world-class senior players.

"The way the Proteas have come through to rise up the ICC rankings, in meteoric fashion, has been quite brilliant and we now have a real team in the true sense of the word.

"Our domestic cricket remains blessed with great talents. Congratulations to all the winners in those categories as well.

"I warmly congratulate all our winners, both at international and domestic level, and I also wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge our umpires, grounds staff and scorers, too."

On the domestic scene, Duanne Olivier, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka, was named Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Year, Henry Davids took the one-day award and Farhaan Behardien the T20 honour.

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  • Rajesh on May 16, 2017, 10:48 GMT

    Comparing Gilchrist with De kock?If De kock had to face the quality of bowlers Gilly faced his average would had been in the low 20's..And de kock is a horrible player of spin bowling.. He will be a walking wicket in sub-continental conditions..

  • rynelr8107044 on May 15, 2017, 20:01 GMT

    Well done to QDK well deserved, JP Duminy should have got most undeserved player award

  • sushan4486189 on May 15, 2017, 5:49 GMT

    "only rampant nationalism or rose coloured glasses would say otherwise" exactly thats what i try to say...its sin to compare him with Gilly

  • Jay on May 14, 2017, 23:56 GMT

    @CRICFAN4145307922 "there is no comparison between Gilchrist and dkock"

    Really? De Kock is only 24 and already has his average about 50 in tests and 40 in ODI's. Gilchrist was a great player, no doubt. But there are genuine comparisons to be made between the two. Only rampant nationalism or rose-coloured glasses would say other wise.

  • sushan4486189 on May 14, 2017, 19:21 GMT

    there is no comparison between Gilchrist and dkock ...Gilchrist was the real demolition man who won games in a canter against the likes of Wasim WaqarShoiab,Murli,KumblePollock ....he is the greatest wicket keeper of all time and then there is Sangakara

  • Amir on May 14, 2017, 11:52 GMT

    Well deserved by De Kock...great player

  • Jay on May 14, 2017, 11:32 GMT

    De Kock is world class and deserving of the awards. He would make my world 11.

    From a kiwi.

  • Bazza on May 14, 2017, 9:12 GMT

    @mohammed Asif..... theres always one SC troll who is a little bit slow and unknowledgeable. This from a team who cannot even play at home so worry about your own teams issues. We are doing fine. BTW 2 of your greats who have rescued you time and again have just retired so good luck with that!

  • Varun on May 14, 2017, 9:00 GMT

    Dunger.BoB if he comes close to gilchrist, I'll be more than happy

  • amindh6043107 on May 14, 2017, 8:33 GMT

    Kohli and about 20 others @calvin palmer. Rahul is injures and out of ct17 , only ashwin is really resting and that's due to his workload. De kock was injured too

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