South Africa's new golden boy of cricket, Proteas fast bowler Kagiso “KG” Rabada was the star of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards.
He walked away with no less than six awards including Cricketer and Player's Player of the year.
In addition the 23-year-old scooped up the Test, ODI, Fans’ Player and RAM Delivery of the Year awards. He replicated a similar feat in 2016 when he walked away with six awards. He remains the only South African cricket player to win more than five awards.
Briefly.co.za has done some research on Kagiso and put together this list of five fun facts about the star of SA cricket.
1. History maker
Rabada has made history on more than one occasion, he became the seventh South African cricketer to be declared the best bowler in the world according to ICC Test Bowling Rankings. He has also won more awards than other South African cricketer.
2. Wicket Taker
When he was just 22, Rabada had already taken an astonishing 270 wickets which works out to a rate of 90 wickets a year bearing in mind that he made his debut in international cricket in 2014.
3. Young talented and transforming cricket
As one of the best bowlers in South Africa and arguably the world, Kagiso is an inspiration to millions of young children across South Africa and the fact that he happens to be black is helping the game of cricket reach parts of the population that cricket has not had much success in the past. He is paving the way for transformation in South African cricket.
4. Another Alan Donald
Kagiso is fast on his way to becoming another Alan Donald with his exceptional performance and is the 11th player in the world to take 5 wickets or more during a one day match.
5. Almost a Springbok
As a talented athlete Kagiso had the potential to excel at almost all sporting disciplines and during high school he was passionate about rugby, fortunately for south African cricket he didn't make the U13 team and chose to try his hand at cricket instead.
Kagiso Rabada recently celebrated his 23rd birthday. He was born on the 25th of May 1995 on the same day as the kick off of the Rugby World Cup in South Africa.
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