IPL 2021: Anrich Nortje and Shabnim Ismail won the highest accolade that Cricket South Africa has to offer after they were named SA Men’s and SA Women’s Cricketer of the Year in their respective categories at the CSA virtual awards held on Tuesday evening.
In 10 Test matches this season, Nortje took 39 wickets at a strike rate of 48.50 with three fifers. To cap it off, he is also the joint-winner with Aiden Markram for the “SA Men’s Players’ Player of the Year” following a balanced result and was announced as “SA Fans’ Player of the Year” which was judged based on online polls.
This is the second award for Shabnim Ismail after winning it earlier in 2015. The 32-year-old is the only South African bowler to have taken more than 100 wickets in Women’s T20Is.
She is third in the list after Marizanne Kapp (2013/14) and Dane van Niekerk (2016/18/19) who have won it more than once.
CSA Acting chief executive Pholetsi Moseki congratulated all the winners:
‘Anrich and Shabnim have set the highest standards that we expect from our icon Proteas players. Anrich’s international career to date has been remarkable. In the space of a year, he has gone from being named our International Newcomer of the Year to our overall Player of the Year – an incredible achievement.
The pandemic has restricted him to just 10 Test matches to date in which he has taken 39 wickets, including three five-wicket hauls.
‘His strike rate of 48.50 is comfortably within the benchmark number that defines the world’s leading bowlers; he has also delivered the fastest delivery ever of the Indian Premier League in which the cream of the world’s talent goes head to head.
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‘Shabnim is the fastest bowler on the women’s international circuit, and she has been the leader of our Momentum Proteas attack for a long time now. She is the only South African to have taken 100 wickets in the T20 International format and she recently passed the significant landmark of 150 wickets in ODI cricket.
‘She has played a huge role in enabling our Momentum Proteas to break into the top group of countries with a world ranking of No 2 in the ODI format.
‘Genuine fast bowling remains one of the great and thrilling sights of our game and we are indeed blessed to continue to produce world leaders in this demanding skill.
‘I warmly congratulate all our winners, both at international and domestic levels, and I also wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge our umpires, grounds staff, and scorers, too.
‘I would like to pay a special tribute to our medical team who have done wonders in making the playing of cricket possible. They have set standards in providing bio-secure facilities that compare with the best in the world. The fact that we have been able to play a full season of home international and franchise cricket speaks for itself.
‘In conclusion, I would also like to thank our sponsors and partners. Economic times are extremely tough, and we are grateful to you all for standing by us to keep as much of our cricket and pipeline programmes going as possible.’