Cricket history-maker Kagiso Rabada hopes to be an inspiration as he continues to improve his game.
At just 21 years of age, Rabada became the youngest-ever recipient of the SA Cricketer of the Year award at the Cricket SA awards held on Tuesday night.
Rabada won six awards in total, including Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year, the highest-ever by a recipient at the CSA awards.
In his first full international season, Rabada claimed match figures of 13/144 against England in the fourth Test in Centurion in January, and had earlier in the season taken 6/16 on his ODI debut against Bangladesh in July 2015.
Following his six-award haul, Rabada was already looking forward to the new challenge ahead.
He says: “Right now there are going to be a lot more expectations. I’ll have to find a way to deal with it.
“When people do great things, it has the power to inspire. I definitely think whoever looks up to me might feel inspired.”
With a busy season ahead, beginning with a two-Test series against the touring New Zealand starting in Durban on August 19, Rabada said team success was more important than individual accolades.
He adds: “You want to do it for yourself, but you also want to do it for your country. So the team comes first.
“Sometimes you want to strive for perfection. I believe you constantly need to keep improving, guys around the circuit are always working hard so you have to keep at it, otherwise you’ll be overtaken.”