Shabnim Ismail breaches 130 Kmph in Women’s Cricket

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Shabnim Ismail

South African pacer Shabnim Ismail has made history by bowling the fastest delivery ever recorded in women’s cricket. This remarkable feat was achieved during a Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 match between the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals.

Shabnim Ismail’s remarkable feat

Ismail’s record-breaking delivery was clocked at an impressive speed of 132.1 km/h, making it the first-ever delivery in women’s cricket to breach the 130 km/h barrier. This delivery was bowled during the second ball of the third over of the match, striking the pads of Delhi Capitals’ captain, Meg Lanning.

This is not the first time Ismail has made headlines for her bowling speed. The former South African quick also held the record for the previous fastest ball, clocked at 128 km/h against West Indies in 2016, and twice at 127 km/h during the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

Despite her record-breaking performance, Ismail’s outing was not entirely successful. She was hit for three consecutive sixes by Shafali Verma in her third over and ended up conceding 46 runs. However, her historic achievement overshadowed the match’s outcome.

When asked about her record-breaking delivery in a post-match interview, Ismail said, “I don’t look at the big screen when I’m bowling”. This statement reflects her focus on the game rather than the records she is setting.

Ismail’s achievement is a significant milestone in women’s cricket, demonstrating the increasing competitiveness and skill level in the sport. It also sets a new benchmark for fast bowlers in women’s cricket, challenging them to push their limits.

The impact of Ismail’s achievement extends beyond the cricket field. It serves as an inspiration for aspiring female cricketers worldwide, proving that they too can make their mark in this traditionally male-dominated sport.

Shabnim Ismail’s record-breaking delivery is a testament to her exceptional talent and dedication to the sport. It marks a new chapter in the history of women’s cricket, setting the stage for future players to aspire and achieve even greater feats.

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