Qeshile follows in Rabada's footsteps with prestigious award

2019-11-07 14:27
Sinethemba Qeshile
Sinethemba Qeshile (AFP)

Cape Town - Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Sinethemba Qeshile was on Thursday named as one of the youngest South African Cricket Annual Cricketers of the Year in the 66-year history of the publication.

Qeshile, 20, is the youngest recipient of the honour since Kagiso Rabada, who was also 20 when he was selected in 2015.

The youngest all-time recipient remains batting legend Graeme Pollock, who was 17 when he was recognised in 1961.

Named alongside Qeshile were his Warriors team-mate, fast bowler Anrich Nortje, Lions duo Reeza Hendricks and Dwaine Pretorius and Titans batsman Theunis de Bruyn.

Unlike the official Cricket South Africa awards, a player can be honoured only once in the Annual, which excludes many of the established Proteas stars, who have previously been recognised.

Qeshile had an outstanding break-out season as a teenager last season, scoring 735 first-class runs at an average of 52.50.

He also shone in limited overs cricket and was rewarded when he was selected for South Africa in two T20 internationals against Sri Lanka.

Qeshile made a promising start to the current season when he hit 73 for the Warriors against Knights in a four-day match in Kimberley.

He will represent the defending champions, the Jozi Stars in this year's Mzansi Super League.

The 2019 South African Cricket Annual, on sale at leading bookshops, features detailed tributes to retired stars Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn, an examination of the Kolpak effect on South African cricket and a profile of Enoch Nkwe, the interim team director of the national side, following his successful season as coach of the Lions.

Edited by Colin Bryden, the Annual tracks the highs and lows of the 2018/19 cricket year from national to age group level and is packed with detailed statistical information.

- Cricket South Africa

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