Colourful Quotes from CSA Award 2018 winners

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 02: Men's Cricketer of the Year, Kagiso Rabada and Women's Cricketer of Year, Dane van Niekerk during the Cricket South Africa Awards Banquet 2018 at Sandton Convention Centre on June 02, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 02: Men's Cricketer of the Year, Kagiso Rabada and Women's Cricketer of Year, Dane van Niekerk during the Cricket South Africa Awards Banquet 2018 at Sandton Convention Centre on June 02, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

The curtains drew closed at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Awards 2018 and on another successful domestic and international cricket season on Saturday 2 June. As the attention turned to all the night’s respective winners as they shared their delight with the world.

After successful campaigns with the Momentum Proteas and the Standard Bank Proteas respectively, Dané van Niekerk and Kagiso Rabada took home the major honours of the night, while the likes of Laura Wolvaardt and Multiply Titans’ Tabraiz Shamsi walked away with two awards apiece.

We caught up with Rabada and Van Niekerk, along with a few of the other victors at the post-awards interviews:

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Kagiso Rabada
also took home the Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year, One Day International Cricketer of the Year, SA Players’ Player of the Year, SA Fans’ Player of the Year and RAM Delivery of the Year.
“I’m thankful that I’ve won these awards. I’ve worked quite hard. And I am just thankful for the recognition I feel like anyone could have won them, so many people had a good season. I didn’t think I would win so many awards.”

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Dané van Niekerk
capped off a fruitful 2017/18 with the Proteas Women, as she walked away with the SA Women’s Cricketer of the Year accolade.
“Very overwhelming. I didn’t expect it. It’s been a very overwhelming evening, everything that Cricket South Africa has put in to recognize Women’s cricket, is really pleasing to see as a captain. I’m just excited to see what this team can do in the future.”

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Aiden Markram
had an exceptional debut season for the Standard Bank Proteas, recording 1000 runs in Test cricket on his way to being named the International Newcomer of the Year.
“It’s very special to me. All of us as players don’t always get to enjoy the sort of individual recognition, but it is always nice to know that you are doing something right. I’ve been very fortunate as to how this first year has panned out. A lot of credit has to go to the environment.

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Laura Wolvaardt
marked another incredible year in her exciting and promising young career, as she walked away with the SA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year and Momentum Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year.
“It’s amazing. The people in my category tonight, they played super well, so I wasn’t setting my heart on anything. But yeah, it went my way tonight and I am grateful. Out of all the awards (Player’s Player of the Year award) is the one that means the most to me, because you kind of play the game for your team and teammates. Just knowing that they recognize my contributions and appreciate that, is something special.

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Chloe Tryon
blasted her way to the Momentum Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year award after a thrilling season in the middle order in the shorter format for the Momentum Proteas.
“Obviously it’s a very big honour. I didn’t think I was going to win it. I am just happy I could win it and represent my country. I know my role a lot better now and in the last 12 months I’ve played good cricket, and the team make it easier for me. So, it’s nice that I can represent my country and make them proud.”

- World Sports Betting Cape Cobras wicket-keeper,
Kyle Verryenne
was also honoured for his achievements during his breakthrough year for the Cape Town-based side, as he claimed the Domestic Newcomer of the Year.
“To get recognized, it really means a lot to me. It just shows that hard work does pay off and I’m looking to just continue that hard work and hopefully have a better season next year. The previous Newcomer of the Year was Aiden Markram, so if I can do half of what he’s done, I’d be happy with that.”

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Tabraiz Shamsi
continued to flourish in white-ball cricket throughout the season for the Multiply Titans, as he finished as the top wicket-taker in both T20 and 50 over competitions, as he claimed the Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Year and RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Cricketer of the Year.
“I didn’t really play much of the four-day cricket, so I had to try and help my team win as many games as possible whenever I play. I try to contribute. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to take wickets but it was a whole squad effort. The other guys around me made it easier to take wickets. So, I am really happy with how the season went.”

AWARD WINNERS

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: NATIONAL

SA Men’s Cricketer of the Year: Kagiso Rabada
SA Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Dane van Niekerk
Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year: Kagiso Rabada
Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year: Kagiso Rabada
Standard Bank 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 T20 International century v Bangladesh)
RAM Delivery of the Year: Kagiso Rabada (to Warner, 3rd Test v Australia, PPC Newlands)
International Newcomer of the Year: Aiden Markram
SA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year: Laura Wolvaardt
Momentum Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Laura Wolvaardt
Momentum 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)