South Africa news November 23, 2015

Rabada wins Newcomer of the Year award

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo: Kagiso Rabada took a hat-trick on ODI debut © AFP

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been named Newcomer of the Year at the 10th annual SA Sports Awards in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

Rabada holds the record for the best figures on debut - 6 for 16 against Bangladesh, including a hat-trick - and is widely believed as the next big thing in South African cricket. He has played all forms of the game and has been particularly impressive with his ability to bowl quick, full and accurate. Dale Steyn has said the 20-year old Rabada had more talent at that age than he did, and now CSA chairman Haroon Lorgat has chimed in with: "Kagiso Rabada is a standout talent and destined for greatness."

The nominees for the SA Sports Awards had been chosen subject to a time frame from September 1 2014 to September 30 2015 and included AB de Villiers for the SA Sports Star of the Year award. Medium-pacer Shabnim Ismail was in the running for the corresponding award in the women's category as well. All of which were a sign that South African cricket was in good hands, according to Lorgat.

"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."

Former first-class cricketer Rushdie Magiet, who played 37 matches in a decade-long career, was one of four recipients of the inaugural Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achiever award. Magiet, 72, represented Western Province from 1971-72 to 1980-81 and took 109 wickets at an average of 13.63 and an economy of 1.83.

"I know Rushdi Magiet personally and he has indeed given a lifetime of service not only to cricket but also to social responsibility," Lorgat said. "We are delighted that he has received this well merited award."

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  • Lerato H Nyelele Mjoli on November 24, 2015, 11:46 GMT

    lol ballonbat will take the expects analysis anyday over inferno speculations

  • Martin on November 24, 2015, 7:38 GMT

    In the left corner we have Dale Steyn, Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Albie Morkel, coaches, selectors and any number of Bangladeshi and Indian batsmen with shatttered stumps behind them and in the right corner - wait for it, ladies and gentlemen - we have INFERNO792!

    Who's going to be the winner? Whose opinion will you place your bets on? Will it be the maverick Inferno? Or will it be all the modern greats in the opposite corner?

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  • Martin on November 24, 2015, 7:16 GMT

    Inferno792 and therisingteam

    Thanks for your positive comments about a great and promising talent. Kagiso Rabada has oodles of talent and has shown as much at a very young age with his destruction of other teams at the World U20 tournament and elsewhere.

    I think I'd rather go with Dale Steyn's analysis than your insipid and nasty comments. Why not wait and see how he develops and take time to watch him before dismissing him out of hand. For one thing, Inferno, you couldn't have watched much of him - internationally at least - because he's hardly played yet. When he has he's been phenomenal. Go back to worshipping whatever has-beens you spend your time watching on Youtube.

  • Shipu on November 23, 2015, 23:39 GMT

    Taking wickets mainly of Bangladesh is nothing unique unless people finally rate Bangladesh.

  • Muzammil on November 23, 2015, 18:46 GMT

    inferno792, i take it you've never seen him then

  • Prinesh on November 23, 2015, 14:56 GMT

    Logged in for the first time this year, just to post this comment. Agree with @JOUMASEVERYNICEPERSON - really cool story from Inferno792, dont you want to tell us more? Really eager to hear more of Inferno's views.

  • Pipi on November 23, 2015, 13:59 GMT

    Cool story, bro @inferno792

  • Adinic on November 23, 2015, 13:44 GMT

    Mediocre bowler of what I've seen of him so far.

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