Nadine de Klerk Returns from WPL ’24 Having Earned a Champions Medal

Nadine de Klerk returns home sporting a champion’s medal after the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s victory in the 2024 TATA Women’s Premier League, where she and compatriots Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail and Laura Wolvaardt flew the SA flag high. Photo: Royal Challengers Bangalore on Instagram

The TATA Women’s Premier League Season two has served up some special moments for women’s cricket, and current and former Proteas Women’s players took full advantage as they put their skills on display at one of women’s cricket most exciting tournaments.

Having played just one game and taking two wickets for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Nadine de Klerk comes home with a winner’s medal after the Challengers defeated Marizanne Kapp’s side, the Delhi Capitals, by 8 wickets in the 2024 tournament final. 

Playing in her second season at #WIPL2024, Kapp finished fourth on the bowler’s log for her season haul of 11 wickets, and returns home with a runner’s-up medal in the colours of the Capitals.

Former Proteas Women fast bowler Shabnim Ismail made history during season two, when she bowled the fastest ball by a woman in the history of the game. 

Nicknamed “The Destroyer” and playing for Mumbai Indians Women, Ismail bowled a blinder of ball at a speed of 132.1km/h in the match against the Dehli Capitals. Ismail’s fastest delivery prior to this was tracked at 128km/h, against the West Indies Women in 2016. 

The shy South African downplayed that historic moment, saying: “I don’t look at the big screen when I am bowling.”

And a double honourable mention to finish these kudos belongs to Proteas Women’s Captain Laura Wolvaardt, who – playing alongside Gujarat Giants Women Captain Beth Mooney –  recorded the second-highest partnership in #WIPL history (only to be defeated by RCB by 19 runs), and for having hit the most fours in a match. 


Main Photo Caption: Nadine de Klerk returns home sporting a champion’s medal after the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s victory in the 2024 TATA Women’s Premier League, where she and compatriots Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail and Laura Wolvaardt flew the SA flag high. Photo: Royal Challengers Bangalore on Instagram

Photo 2 Caption: Fearsome SA fast bowler Shabnim Ismail aka ‘The Destroyer’ recorded the fastest ball by a woman in the game, for Mumbai Indians Women in the second season of the TATA Women’s Premier League. Photo: Royal Challengers Bangalore on Instagram

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Selina Munsamy

Selina Munsamy

I am a sports enthusiast. I am newly appointed KZN Women's Cricket Manager for the 2019/2020 season. My passion lies in cricket, technically I live and breathe cricket. I am a Scorer affiliated to KZN Cricket Scorer's Association. I also coach mini cricket for Tongaat Cricket Union. Live, Laugh and Love with Sport.

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