By Robert Clunie
Last night we had the privilege of attending Cricket South Africa’s annual awards. For those of you who aren’t avid sports-junkies, CSA’s yearly extravaganza is a ceremony set on recognising those sportsmen and women who excelled in their respective cricketing fields over the course of the season and whose outstanding achievements furthered cricket’s place as a driver for unity and transformation.
Some of our country’s major cricketing star traversed the red carpet in tailor made suits and evening gowns which all but resembled one of Hollywood’s premier events. For us lovers of the game we knew that Morné Morkel and Kyle Abbot are big chaps, but heck, what giants they turned out to be in person!
Camera flashes burst away and soon all were herded into the Pavilion at Sandton’s Convention Centre where proceedings were set to get under way. Guests were treated to a song and dance by Mi Casa followed by a chilling performance from Zolani of Freshlyground.
We expected the awards allocation to be as diverse as the sport itself, but it soon turned out to revolve around one man. No longer were we attending the CSA Awards, but rather the Kagiso Rabada Show as the 21-year-old marched off with a treasure trove of trophies!
The fresh-faced cricketer walked off with a record-breaking six awards that included the Test Cricketer of the Year, the SA Players’ Player of the Year, ODI Cricketer of the Year, proved to be a favourite among fans with the SA Fans Player of the Year, the RAM Delivery of the year and the prestigious Cricketer of the Year Award.
Exuberant leg spinner, Imran Tahir received the T20 Player of the Year award while the feisty Temba Bavuma and the gorgeous Dané van Niekerk won the KFC Award of Excellence and Women’s Cricketer of the Year awards respectively. Rushdi Magiet had been honoured with the Kaya Majola Lifetime Achievement Award.
We here at people would like to congratulate each and every player with their respective achievement and wish them the best of luck with the upcoming international season.