Quinton de Kock takes centre stage at CSA Awards Function over the weekend

BY MARC JACOBSON - MAY 15, 2017
Quinton de Kock takes centre stage at CSA Awards Function over the weekend

Quinton de Kock, aged just 24 with already 19 Tests and 79 ODI international to his name, took centre stage at the Cricket South Africa Awards Function at Kyalami in Midrand on Saturday night.

De Kock, after a glistening showing in the 2016/17 season, swept up a total five awards – just one short of Kagiso Rabada’s six at last year’s event.

The 24-year-old won the penultimate SA Cricketer of the Year award, as well as the Test Cricketer and ODI Cricketer of the Year awards.

Some of the most notable Test batting performances from de Kock since May 2016 include 90 against New Zealand in Hamilton and 91 against the same side in Wellington in March this year.

He also scored 101 against Sri Lanka at Newlands in the beginning of January, as well as 69 in the Boxing Day Test.

Dating back to November 2016 when the Proteas played their Test series against Australia Down Under, de Kock scored 84, 64 and 104 in the three Tests respectively. A month prior to that, de Kock scored 82 against New Zealand in their second Test at Centurion.

In the Proteas’ five-match ODI Series in New Zealand in February this year, de Kock scored 69, 57 and 68 in the first three games respectively.

He scored 55 against Sri Lanka at Newlands earlier in the same month and in their five-match ODI Series against Australia held in South Africa in October last year, de Kock highlighted his year with a personal best 178 not out in the second ODI, as well as scores of 82 and 70 in the first and fourth ODIs respectively.

De Kock started the year off with a score of 71 against West Indies in the Tri-Nation Series in June last year.

Due to his year-long prowess and recognized talent, de Kock then also won the SA Players’ Player of the Year Award, as well as the Fans’ Player of the Year Award.

"What a year Quinton has had. 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,” said CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat of de Kock at the ceremony.

The number one-ranked in ICC Bowler Ratings, Imran Tahir, won the short-formatted T20 International Cricketer of the Year Award.

Moments of individual brilliance was awarded to Rabada for his Delivery of the Year Award and Temba Bavuma for his Award of Excellence, which coincidently came in the same match against Australia in Perth – for which Bavuma was awarded for an exceptional run-out of David Warner and Rabada for his bowled-out delivery of Usman Khawaja.

"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,” Lorgat expressed.

"The way the Proteas have come through to climb 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.”

The Proteas are currently ranked first on the ICC ODI Rankings and second on the ICC Test Rankings and are set to play a warm-up, three-match ODI Series against England, beginning on May the 24th, ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, which the men in Green and Gold will commence against Sri Lanka on the 3rd of June.

Image: Quinton de Kock with his five prestigious awards at the CSA Awards Function. Photo creditation- Lee Warren/Gallo Images.