Quinton de Kock and Laura Wolvaardt claimed the top honours at the 2020 Cricket South Africa awards, a ceremony that was held virtually on Saturday, 4 July.
De Kock was adjudged South Africa Men's Cricketer of the Year, becoming only the sixth player to claim the honour for the second time. Other players to have won the award twice are Makhaya Ntini, Kagiso Rabada, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, and Jacques Kallis.
Star batter Laura Wolvaardt bagged the prestigious South Africa Women's Cricketer of the Year award and was also named their ODI Cricketer of the Year.
“Oh captain, my captain!”— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) July 4, 2020
South Africa, your SA Men’s Cricketer of the Year is @QuinnyDeKock69!
This is the second time he has won this award, the first time was in 2017.#CSAawards #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/PC62PEMuUe
Right-arm quick Lungi Ngidi bagged the Men's ODI Cricketer and T20I Cricketer of the Year awards while Anrich Nortje was adjudged Newcomer of the Year. Fast bowler Shabnim Ismail was the recipient of the Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year award and left-arm spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba took home the Women's Newcomer of the Year title.
"Quinny and Laura have set the highest standards that we expect from our icon Proteas players," said Dr Jacques Faul, CSA's acting chief executive. "Quinny is the leading wicketkeeper/batsman in Test cricket and is, in fact, one of the leading batsmen in both red-ball and white-ball cricket. He is also starting to emerge as an outstanding leader as witnessed by the Proteas clean sweep of Australia in their recent ODI series.
"Laura was named in the tournament select XI at the conclusion of the ICC Women's World T20 which tells us a great deal about the esteem in which she is held at international level. At the age of 21, her best years are ahead of her and she will be a key player when the Momentum Proteas go to the ICC Women's World Cup next year.
"It is good to see the number of young players starting to dominate at international level as we move into a new era following the retirement of some of the game's legends. Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi have ensured that our fast bowling stocks remain among the best in the world," he added.
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