Shabnim Esmail South African Cricketer in WPL

Shabnim Ismail is a renowned South African cricketer, widely recognized for her pace bowling abilities. Here’s a summary of her achievements:


  • All-time leading wicket-taker for South Africa in both ODIs and T20Is
  • One of the fastest female bowlers in the world, recording a speed of 132.1 km/h (82.1 mph) in the WPL 2024, the fastest ever recorded in the league.
  • Nicknamed “The Demon” for her aggressive bowling style.

Career Highlights:

  • Debuted for South Africa in 2007 and has played in every edition of the ICC Women’s World T20 since its inception in 2009.
  • Holds the record for the best bowling figures by a South African woman in ODIs (6-10) against the Netherlands in 2011.
  • Became the first South African to take 100 wickets in WT20Is in 2021.
  • Retired from international cricket in May 2023 after a glorious 16-year career.

Current Status:

  • Playing in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) for Mumbai Indians after being bought for INR 1.2 Crore in the 2024 auction, the most expensive buy for MI in that auction.

Shabnim Ismail’s dedication and exceptional bowling skills have established her as a legend in women’s cricket, inspiring young players across the globe.