Shabnim Ismail Biography, World’s Fastest Bowler Early, Education and Career

Shabnim Ismail is a famous South African cricketer. She is the fast bowler of south Africa team and recognized because of her fast bowling skills. In her school, she plays cricket well with both boys and girls from an early age. At the age of 16, she represents western Cape Town. In another year, she joins the women team of western province, and shows her skills and bowling ability in cricket. Read this biography to learn more about  Shabnim Ismail.

Who is Shabnim Ismail

Shabnim, a famous south african cricket player born on 5 October 1988. She made her debut successful in national women in 2007. She is a right-arm fast bowler who represents the South African team. She is also the leading wicket-taker of her team in T20 Internationals and ODI format. She has earned the huge reputation as fastest female bowlers in world, and set record of fastest ball by female of 132.1kms per hour.

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She plays well in all editions of cricket and showcases her bowling skills. She was also featured as the best bowling player in the ICC World T20 in eight series in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2023.

Date of Birth5 October 1988
Age 35 years
BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa
ResidenceCape Town, South Africa
NationalitySouth Africa
SchoolHigh School dropout
College/ UniversityMechanical Engineering Collage
Educational QualificationGraduate

Shabnim Ismail Bio

Shabnim Ismail was born on 5 October 1988 in Cape Town. She is 35 years old. In her school days, she played cricket with girls and boys and showed interest from an early age. When she was 16, she starts playing for western Cape Town team. She was also playing in western province women team, in which she appreciate by cricket management with her accurate and fast bowling skills. After she becomes a young girl, she is represented as a famous and fast bowler of the South African team.

Early life and education of Shabnim Ismail

If we talk about the education and early life of Shabnim Ismail, it is come to know that she attends Cravenby secondary school. She completes her primary and secondary education at this school. She played cricket with girls and boys in school premises, and show interest towards cricket from young age. She also plays football with boys.

Her school do not organized any sports matches earlier. But after sometime, they school authority organized the boy cricket team. She also played in that team, and wear football shorts as same as boys. Her mother and her grandmother are also loved sports too much. They both support Shabnim Ismail and encourage her to watch and play crickets and read sports books.

In her early days, she focused on her batting skills, but do not liked and dismisses. She also threatened many times to stop playing games. Her coach suggests her to focus on bowling. Due to the motivation from her coach, she begins her career in a positive way and focuses on bowling to enhance her skills.

Shabnim Ismail personal life

Shabnim Ismail considered Andre Nel, a South African seamer, as an inspiration and her role model. She also chases the 89 jersey number on her shirt. It is number that was worn by andre nel while play at international matches. She was also inspired by another South African player, Dale Steyn, who is her opposition team batter.

In 2014, she was caught in an alcohol abuse incident and suspended from the National Academy. She was also undergoes counseling session after alleged alcohol abuse.

Shabnim Ismail Physical measurements

Weight (approx.)60 kgs.
Body Measurements34-30-34
Hair ColorDark Brown
Eye colorBrown

Shabnim Ismail cricket career

Domestic cricket

The journey of Shabnim Ismail starts with domestic cricket. She starts playing cricket at the grassroots level in domestic cricket. With her dedication, talent, and sports skills, she earned a spot in the national academy and grew her career. She plays in many matches and gives her best performances. She also performs in various domestic clubs and emerges as the best bowler on the South African team.

International cricket

Even Shabnim Ismail start playing domestic cricket in her early career, but with her dedication, she also reaches the international level. She make debut for south African national team, and recognized as fast bowler. With her accuracy and fast bowling, she becomes an important player for the team to get the win.

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Shabnim Ismail net worth

She is the richest and most famous cricket player, whose salary is estimated to be $20,000. Her net worth is estimated to range between $1 Million to $5 Million. She is fast bowler of south African team currently. She has keen bowling skills, with a speed of 128 km per hour in the match. This speed makes her a fast bowler in the cricket world.


The successful cricket journey of Shabnim Ismail shows that she has passion and dedication towards cricket. She is fast bowler of her team and make more chance to win in domestic and international matches. She play well in number of matches, break records, and set strong place in cricket team.

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