Josh Hazlewood © Getty Images
Josh Hazlewood © Getty Images

South Africa’s Twenty20 (T20I) skipper Faf du Plessis won the ICC T20I Performance of the Year for his 119 runs in 56 balls against West Indies in the second T20I in Johannesburg on January 11, 2015 in the ICC Awards 2015. He played 11 fours and five sixes in his thrilling performance during the innings. Reflecting over his performance, du Plessis told icc-cricket.com, “That was definitely one of the most exciting matches that I’ve been involved in as a T20 player. Even though I scored a century, I still ended up on the losing side, but it was special to be part of it all, the fans were given a treat with two centuries in a T20 match.” ALSO READ: Josh Hazlewood, Adam Voges rise in ICC Test rankings following outstanding performances vs West Indies in Hobart Test

“I certainly felt ‘in the zone’ walking to the crease and luckily managed to middle most of the deliveries I faced after getting in the first over. It was definitely a special innings, made even more special by the electric atmosphere at the Wanderers.” On the other hand, Australia’s fast bowler Josh Hazlewood won the Emerging Player of the Year at the ICC Awards 2015. Hazlewood has taken 40 wickets in nine Tests at an average of 21.75 with his best figures being five for 38 against West Indies at Sabina Park. In 10 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in the same period, he took 16 wickets with five for 31 against South Africa in Perth. ALSO READ: Khurram Khan retires from international cricket

Hazlewood was also part of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 where Australia won the tournament. The last Australian player to win the ICC Emerging Player of Year was Peter Siddle in 2009 and Shaun Tait in 2007. Hazlewood commented, “It’s a genuine thrill to be recognized in this way. Throughout the year, my aim has been to really cement a position in the Australia Test and one-day international teams, to prove that I belong at that level. So, to earn a regular spot in the Test side and to be a part of a World Cup winning team has been a dream come true. My goal is to really build on this positive start and turn it into a long and successful career.” ALSO READ: Faf du Plessis: Indian pitches dictate the way one plays and performs

United Arab Emirates skipper Khurram Khan has won the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year at the ICC Awards 2015. He has been the leading run scorer with 425 runs in nine one-day matches. This award is to recognize the players in all the international matches of the outstanding cricketers from the teams outside the 10 Test nations. Khurram said, “I feel honored to be named as the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year. To be the first UAE cricketer to win this award makes it even more special. This award is for all the UAE players I played with as well as for the Emirates Cricket Board, which gave me the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in an ICC Cricket World Cup.”