Shabnim Ismail has made South African cricket proud as she becomes the first player, across men’s and women’s cricket to scalp 100 wickets in T20Is. Sri Lanka’s speedster Lasith Malinga is the only other cricketer to pick up a century of wickets in T20Is.
The 32-year-old bowler from Cape Town achieved this landmark in the first T20I against Pakistan at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban on January 29. Ayesha Zafar was her 100th victim as the quick bowler clean bowled the opening bat in the sixth over of the innings.
After the second T20I that was played between South Africa and Pakistan, in which Ismail picked up five wickets, her tally has now reached 106, which makes her the third-highest wicket-taker in Women’s T20I. West Indies’ Anisa Mohammed (120) and Australia’s Ellyse Perry (114) are the top two wicket-takers in Women’s T20Is. The elite club also includes England’s Anya Shrubsole (101), Pakistan’s Nida Dar (98), and India’s Poonam Yadav (95).
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Ismail made her T20I debut in 2007 at the age of 19 against New Zealand in Taunton. Since then she has featured in 94 T20Is for South Africa. She has bowled 329.5 overs and picked up 106 wickets at an average of 17.72 and an economy of 5.69. Her best bowling figures came against Pakistan on January 31 in the second T20I when she scalped 5-12 in her four overs. She has accounted for two five wicket-hauls so far. The first one came against India (5-30 in 3.5 overs) in Johannesburg on February 18, 2018.
Bowling Performance of Shabnim Ismail
Source: ESPN Cricinfo
Opposition-wise bowling performance in T20Is
|New Zealand||5 (4)|
|Sri Lanka||11 (7)|
|West Indies||13 (6)|
Source: ESPN Cricinfo
Ismail has been leading the South African bowling attack for quite some time and there has been seldom any doubt that she is a vital cog in the Proteas’ line-up.
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