Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers © Getty Images
Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers (right) lead South Africa in T20Is and ODIs respectively © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated AB de Villiers and Faf Du Plessis for winning top accolades in the annual ICC awards. De Villiers was named One-Day International (ODI) Cricketer of the Year for his stellar performances that included the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in the history of the game. Du Plessis won the ICC award for the Twenty20 International (T20I) Performance of the Year for his spectacular innings of 119 off 56 balls against the West Indies at the Wanderers Stadium. “Once again our world-class players have performed exceptionally well and this provides great inspiration and pride to our nation,” said CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. READ: AB de Villiers named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year

“These awards are richly deserved and on behalf of every cricket loving fan we send our warmest congratulations to both AB and Faf. I am sure this recognition will inspire not only them but all our cricketers to deliver more top-class performances.

We have a full summer of cricket with the England tour as our highlight in all three forms of the game.

“We also have Australia at the end of the summer and then the excitement of the ICC World T20 to follow. We can certainly look forward to many more top performances from our Proteas.”

Among the other recipients at the annual ICC awards was Josh Hazlewood, who was conferred the ‘Emerging Player of the Year’, becoming the first Australian to win the award since Peter Siddle in 2009. Australian skipper Steven Smith was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015, as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2015. READ: Steven Smith named ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015 and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2015