Shabnim Ismail, known as one of the fastest female bowlers globally, boasts an impressive array of records that underscore her unwavering commitment to South African cricket. Her international debut dates back to early 2007 when she played her first ODI against Pakistan, followed by her T20I debut later the same year. Ismail’s journey to becoming South Africa’s current leading wicket-taker across all formats is punctuated with remarkable achievements.
A standout moment in her career includes her incredible performance of 6-10 against the Netherlands in November 2011, which still holds the record for the best bowling figures by a South African woman in ODI cricket. In 2015, she earned a well-deserved nomination for the South African Sportswoman of the Year, recognizing her invaluable contributions to the sport.
Another extraordinary record is Ismail’s unbroken streak of appearances in every Women’s World T20 game for South Africa, up until their last match against Bangladesh in the 2018 edition. This feat exemplifies her dedication to representing her country on the world stage.