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De Kock wins prestigious ICC ODI Player of the Year

By Marc Jacobson - Dec 28, 2016
De Kock wins prestigious ICC ODI Player of the Year

Proteas’ wicket-keeper and elusive batsman, Quinton de Kock, has won the ICC ODI Player of the Year award for 2016 at the Cricket Council’s Awards via ICC’s digital channels.

De Kock’s fellow stalwart teammate and acclaimed batting genius, AB de Villiers, won the award in 2015, and the two are now the only South African players to have achieved this award. Only eight cricketers prior to de Kock have won the award since its emergence, with De Villiers winning it three times in 2010, 2014 and 2015 respectively.

In the voting period for the awards, which spanned from 14th September 2015 until 20th September 2016, the panel was comprised of former players, elite media personnel and established umpires and match referees.

In this given duration, de Kock scored 793 runs in 16 ODI’s with four centuries and one half-century. He scored a phenomenal average of over 56 and a strike-rate of just under 98. Behind the wickets, de Kock also managed to dismiss 15 batsmen in this ODI streak.

“It’s great to hear that I’ve been named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year. To be named as the best from among so many good cricketers gives one utmost satisfaction,” de Kock said in a media statement.

“This award obviously rewards consistent performances at the top level and I’m happy to have done well for my team over this period. To join a select group of players that include my senior AB de Villiers makes this a special moment, one that I’ll cherish for long,” de Kock added.

With this in mind, three South Africans have made it into the ICC ODI Team of the Year from the same awards’ voting streams, namely: the aforementioned Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers and spinner, Imran Tahir.

Dale Steyn was the only Protean to sneak into the ICC Test Team of the Year for 2016, with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin winning ICC Test Player of the Year.  

Image: Quinton de Kock celebrating a century.