South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail Makes WBBL History

South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail has become the first ever overseas player to win the Player of the Match award in a men’s or women’s Big Bash League Final.

Ismail was at her fiery best for Sydney Thunder as she roughed up the Melbourne Stars batters, returning impressive figures of 2/12 in four overs to set her team up for victory in the WBBL final.

No other foreign player, male or female, has achieved this feat, and Ismail is unsurprisingly being lauded by experts.

Speaking at the post match presentation, Ismail said: “I don’t think words can describe how I feel at the moment. I think it was a great team effort by us today.”

Inspired by legendary fast bowler, Andre Nel, known to be fiery himself, Ismail quipped: “Before I got onto the field, I was more angry, so I think that gave me that extra boost.”

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