132.1 km/h: Shabnim the fastest yet


When Shabnim Ismail announced her retirement from international cricket last year, the Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle said that one would miss her fire and speed on the big stage.

Fortunately, the 35-year-old fast bowler is still playing franchise cricket where she undoubtedly still delivers on-fire performances.

In Tuesday’s Indian Premier League match between the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals, Ismail bowled the fastest ball yet by a female cricketer.

With her delivery of 132.1 km/h, she not only pushed the speed needle into the red, but she instantly also became the first bowler to cross the 130 km/h mark.

The Mumbai Indians blitz also impressed earlier in the tournament with a delivery of 128 km/h, while she regularly bowled faster than 125 km/h for the Proteas.

Yet she was blissfully unaware of her accomplishment.

“I don’t just look at the big screen when I bowl,” was her dead honest answer when she was asked about her cards.

Ismail took a total of 317 wickets for the Proteas and other international teams often singled her out as one of the fiercest opponents.

Still, things didn’t quite go according to plan against the Capitals.

In addition to her pace and aggression, she still conceded 46 runs in her four overs, while the Delhi team won the clash by 29 runs.

  • Excerpt:

Delhi Capitals 192/4 in 20 overs: Jemimah Rodrigues 69*, Meg Lanning 53 and Hayley Matthews 1/23.

Mumbai Indians 163/8 in 20 overs: Amanjot Kaur 42, Jess Jonassen 3/21 and Marizanne Kapp 2/37.

Outcome: Delhi Capitals win by 29 runs.