Johannbesurg - AB de Villiers matched the
performance of Makhaya Ntini (2005 and 2006) when he was named South
Africa’s Cricketer of the Year for the second successive year when he
received the 2015 award at a gala Cricket South Africa (CSA) banquet in Midrand
on Wednesday night.
Only eight players have received
CSA’s most prestigious award and Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011) and Hashim Amla
(2010 and 2013) are the other players to be awarded twice. The other previous
winners are Shaun Pollock (2007), Dale Steyn (2008), Graeme Smith (2009), and
Vernon Philander (2012).
De Villiers swept the board
of almost all the accolades available to him, winning five awards. He thus
emulated the performance of Hashim Amla who won five awards in 2010. De
Villiers was also named Castle Lager ODI Cricketer of the Year while his
peers and his fans honoured him by voting for him as SA Players’ Player of
the Year and SA Fans’ Player of the Year respectively. He also
received the KFC So Good Award for scoring the fastest century in the
history of ODI Cricket against the West Indies in December 2014.
The other major awards went to Hashim
Amla as Test Cricketer of the Year and Morne van Wyk as Ticketpro
T20 Cricketer of the Year while Dale Steyn won the RAM Delivery of the
Year and Rilee Rossouw was named SA Newcomer of the Year.
Shabnim Ismail was named Momentum Women’s Cricketer of the
“This has been another great year
with truly wonderful achievements from our top players,” commented CSA Chief
Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “AB is just so special and surely he must be the best
all-round cricketer in the world. His performances are sheer class and his No.
2 ranking in Test match cricket and No. 1 in ODI cricket only tells a part of
his amazing skills.
“He has always been an entertainer
and a trendsetter while at the same time he has that unique ability to dig
really deep when it matters.
“AB de Villiers has modestly taken
limited overs batting to a new level and he has done it with style and panache
that is simply beyond the reach of most. He is a true batting genius! He now
holds the world records for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket.
“We are proud of the scale of his
achievements and, more importantly, the manner in which he does it. He is an
exceptionally talented cricketer who always adapts to the needs of the team.
“Our Proteas have again displayed
true world-class performances in the past year and I salute not only the Award
winners but all of them for a year of great performances. The fact that there
were again as many as five worthy candidates for the top award speaks volumes.
“Our domestic cricket remains
blessed with great talents and congratulations to all the winners in that
category as well.”
“I warmly congratulate all our
winners including the likes of our umpires, grounds staff and scorers, without
whose contribution the game cannot be played.
The Highveld Lions and the Cape Cobras dominated the domestic professional category. The Lions had
three winners in Geoffrey Toyana (Pitchvision Coach of the Season), Stephen
Cook (Sunfoil Series Player of the Season) and Kagiso Rabada as
Domestic Newcomer of the Season. The Cobras’ players honoured were Robin
Peterson (Momentum One-Day Cup Player of the Season) and Dane Paterson
(Domestic Players’ Player of the season). The RAM SLAM T20 Player of the Season
went to Kieron Pollard of the West Indies who represented the Cobras.
Paterson also won the SACA
Most Valuable Player award while Titans won the CSA Fair
Play Award. Rudolph du Preez, the curator at SuperSport Park, was named
CSA Groundsman of the Year.
Johan Cloete was named CSA
Umpire of the Year while the CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year went to Adrian
The Khaya Majola Lifetime
Achievement Award went to Shepherd Ngcaba for his services to the
game over nearly half a century. He has been the driving force behind the
success of the Good Hope Cricket Club in King Williamstown and has played a
major role in the development of facilities in the surrounding rural areas. He
has also served on the executive of the Border Cricket Board and is still very
active in serving the game he loves.
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: NATIONAL
SA Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers
Test Cricketer of the Year:
Castle Lager ODI Cricketer of the
Year: AB de Villiers
Ticketpro T20 International
Cricketer of the Year:
Morne van Wyk
SA Players’ Player of the Year:
AB de Villiers
SA Fans’ Player of the Year: AB de Villiers
KFC ‘So Good’ Award: AB de Villiers (fastest ever ODI century v West Indies at Wanderers)
RAM Delivery of the Year: Dale Steyn (third Test match against West Indies at Newlands)
Momentum women’s Cricketer of the
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: DOMESTIC
Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the
Season: Stephen Cook (Highveld Lions)
Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of
the Season: Robin Peterson (Cape Cobras)
RAM SLAMMER of the Season: Kieron Pollard (Cape Cobras)
Pitchvision Coach of the Year:
Geoffrey Toyana (Highveld Lions)
Domestic Players’ Player of the
Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras)
CSA Fair Play Award:
The Unlimited Titans
SACA Most Valuable Player Award: Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras)
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: OPERATIONS
CSA Groundsman of the Year: Rudolph du Preez (SuperSport Park)
CSA Scorers’ Association of the
Gauteng Cricket Board
CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year: Adrian Holdstock
CSA Umpire of the Year: Johan Cloete