The 24-year-old was one of the central components in what was an outstanding season for the Proteas, in which they claimed three ODI series wins and three Tests series wins, the highlight of which was a third consecutive triumph in Australia.
De Kock shone brightly throughout the season. He began with an innings of 178 in the first ODI against
He also notched up two tons in the Test arena, the first of those, also against the Australians, instrumental in securing that series win Down Under.
South Africa were 132/5 and in danger of not taking advantage of bowling out the home team for just 85 when De Kock joined Temba Bavuma at the crease in Hobart. Together the two added 144, with Bavuma scoring 74 and De Kock 109.
The 241-run lead they helped build proved insurmountable for the Australians, with
Although he scored another century against
His batting aside, De Kock has shown great improvement with his wicket-keeping, taking some stunning catches, while his increased confidence overall has made him an invaluable part of the on-field leadership group.
All in all De Kock emerged victorious in five categories on Saturday night; in addition to the main award, he claimed Test, ODI, the Players’ Player and the Fans favourite awards.
Only Kagiso Rabada, who won six trophies last year, has won more.
This year Rabada had to make do with just one title, the Delivery of the Season, for the ball which swung back at high speed to knock out Usman Khawaja’s off-stump in the Perth Test last November.
In that same match, Bavuma’s remarkable run out of Dave Warner saw him pick up the Excellence Award for the moment of the season.
Suné Luus, the 21-year-old leg-spinner, was named Women’s Player of the Year following a stellar season in which she claimed 31 wickets in 21 ODIs, and was instrumental in the South African team qualifying for the Women’s World Cup. Her teammate Lizelle Lee claimed the Women’s Players Player crown.
Predictably, the Titans dominated on the domestic front by claiming four awards – Farhaan Behardien as T20 Challenge Player of the Year, Henry Davids for the One-Day Cup and Aiden Markram Domestic Newcomer of the Year.
Mark Boucher, in his first season as a professional coach, was named Coach of the Year, while Duanne Olivier of the Knights claimed the prize for the best Four-Day player following a season in which his team claimed the Sunfoil Series title, with the fast bowler finishing as that competition’s leading wicket-taker with 52.
Professional Awards: National
SA Cricketer of the Year: Quinton de Kock
Test Cricketer of the Year: Quinton de Kock
ODI Cricketer of the Year: Quinton de Kock
T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Imran Tahir
SA Players’ Player of the Year: Quinton de Kock
SA Fans’ Player of the Year: Quinton de Kock
Award of Excellence: Temba Bavuma
Delivery of the Year: Kagiso Rabada
International Newcomer of the Year: Keshav Maharaj
Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Suné Luus
Women’s Players Player of the Year: Lizelle Lee
Women’s Newcomer of the Year: Laura Wolvaardt