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.”
WBBL Player of the Final
WBBL|01 2015–16 Erin Osborne (ST)
WBBL|02 2016–17 Sarah Alay (SS)
WBBL|03 2017–18 Sarah Coyte (SS)
WBBL|04 2018–19 Beth Mooney (BH)
WBBL|05 2019–20 Beth Mooney (BH)
WBBL|06 2020–21 Shabnim Ismail (ST)#WBBL06@ThunderWBBL#ThunderNation@WBBL
— ONE FOR ALL (@mohsinstats) November 28, 2020
— Mowerofgrass (@mowerofgrass) November 28, 2020
She took the key wickets of Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning, bowled her four overs consecutively opening the bowling, and finished with figures of 2/16 in a stunning spell.
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) November 28, 2020
Credit where it's due. I've looked thoroughly through Shabnim Ismail's record and it's very rare that she takes key wickets. Tonight, she's got Villani and Lanning in the biggest women's domestic match in the world. My hat is off. @WBBL #WBBL06 #WBBLFinal
— Daniel Viles (sport) (@WombatCatcher) November 28, 2020
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) November 28, 2020
"I don't think words can describe how I feel. it was a great team effort"
Shabnim Ismail is the Player of the #WBBL06 final
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 28, 2020