Markram, who enjoyed a fine breakthrough season after making his debut against Bangladesh at the start of the season, has already established himself as a fixture at the top of the Proteas order in Test cricket. His growing influence was further emphasised when he was handed the Proteas’ one-day captaincy against India for a short stint.
Markram is nominated in the SA Cricketer of the Year category, as well as the International Newcomer of the Year category and the Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year. Joining him in the SA Cricketer of the Year list are fellow opening batsman Dean Elgar and middle-order star AB de Villiers.
De Villiers and Elgar are also both listed in the Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year category, after consistent showings in a massive summer for the Proteas, which saw Test series wins over India and then Australia.
Markram is joined on the International Newcomer of the Year list by fellow Titan Lungi Ngidi and Heinrich Klaasen, who both made a splash in their first full seasons in the Proteas’ camp. Ngidi has also been listed for the RAM Delivery of the Year, as well as the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Cricketer of the Season award.
That domestic T20 Challenge Cricketer category is awash with Titans players, as Farhaan Behardien and Tabraiz Shamsi are the others nominated alongside Ngidi. Behardien, a proven match-winner on the T20 circuit, has also been shortlisted for the Standard Bank T20 International Cricketer of the Year, with newcomer Junior Dala and veteran De Villiers the other nominees.
National captain Faf du Plessis and keeper/batsman Quinton de Kock have made the shortlist for the ODI Cricketer of the Year.
On the domestic front, Shamsi’s excellent season sees him marked for the Momentum One-Day Cricketer of the Season gong, and Alfred Mothoa’s steady seam bowling has been recognised with a Domestic Newcomer of the Season nomination.