In women’s cricket, Shabnim Ismail bowls the fastest ball ever recorded.

In women’s cricket, Shabnim Ismail bowls the fastest ball ever recorded.

For the first time in women’s cricket history, South African fast Shabnim Ismail has broken the 130 kph mark. Ismail produced a delivery in Tuesday’s WPL match in Delhi between her team, the Mumbai Indians, and the Delhi Capitals, that the speed gun on broadcast clocked at 132.1 kph.

Meg Lanning, the captain of the Capitals, was hit in the front pad by Ismail’s full delivery, which came in the second over of the third over in the game. Mumbai requested LBW, but their request was denied. Upon being questioned at the conclusion of the innings about her quickest delivery, Ismail stated that she doesn’t “look at the big screen when I am bowling.”

Ismail also had a delivery time of 128.3 kph during the tournament’s first matchup with the Capitals. She did, however, miss a few games for Mumbai due to an injury and made a comeback on Tuesday.

Ismail has the record for the fastest delivery in international cricket as well. Against the West Indies in 2016, she bowled a ball at 128 kph, and at the 2022 ODI World Cup, she twice broke the 127 kph barrier.

But on Tuesday, Ismail was far from her best. When Mumbai decided to field, she started the bowling and was inconsistent with her full deliveries, often delivering off the pads.

She was dismissed with an aggressive over by Ismail after her first two overs yielded 14 runs. In her third over, Shafali Verma hit her for two straight sixes. In the top-of-the-table match, she finished with 1 for 46 in her four overs bowled.

A few months after the domestic T20 World Cup, Ismail, 35, announced his retirement from international cricket in May 2023, capping a 16-year career. She participated in 241 international matches for 317 wickets in all forms, including a Test, 113 T20Is, and 127 ODIs. She is currently a fixture in T20 leagues across the globe.


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