Rassie van der Dusse. Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images

Two Proteas batsmen crack the nod in ODI Team of the Year!

Two Proteas stars have earned inclusion in the ICC Team of the Year that ‘recognises 11 outstanding individuals who have impressed’.


Rassie van der Dusse. Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images

Janneman Malan and Rassie van der Dussen, who have established themselves as integral members of the Proteas limited-overs setup, have both been recognised by the ICC for their success over the last year.

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Here is how the ICC selection settled on the Proteas duo:

Janneman Malan (South Africa)

Malan established himself as a vital part of the South African top-order, earning a deserved place in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year. Malan scored 509 runs in eight matches at an average of 84.83 with two centuries and two half-centuries. Be it in home or away conditions, Malan maintained his consistency throughout the calendar year, having only made his ODI debut a year before.

Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa)

The South African middle-order batsman continued to be a pillar of rock for the Proteas in the 50-over format. Playing impactful knocks and masterfully rotating the strike, he scored 342 runs in 8 games at an average of 57. He also had a ton to his name which came against Pakistan in Centurion. 


Meanwhile, women’s cricket stars Lizelle Lee, Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp also earned inclusion in the Women’s ODI Team of the Year.

With 632 runs, Lizelle Lee finished as the highest run-scorer in women’s ODIs in 2021. The South Africa wicketkeeper-batter played only 11 matches in the calendar year and recorded an outstanding batting average of 90.28, with one century and five half-centuries. She got her side off to rapid starts, which is summed up by her strike-rate of 79.00 – the third-highest among batters with a minimum of 300 runs in the calendar year.

The South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp has been one of the best performers with both bat and ball in 2021. Kapp has played the role of an attacking middle-order batter brilliantly, scoring her runs at an outstanding strike-rate of 98.91. She amassed a total of 183 runs in 2021 at an average of 61, including a best of 68* which came against Pakistan in Durban in the month of January. The 32-year-old played an equally important role with her bowling, picking up 11 wickets at an average of 29.18.

With 18 wickets, Shabnim Ismail finished as the joint second-highest wicket-taker in 2021. A reliable pacer both with the new-ball and at the death, Ismail was a consistent performer for South Africa throughout the course of the 12 matches she played – going at an economy of only 4.11 runs per over.