Indian women’s cricket team pacer Jhulan Goswami has a new feather in her cap — on Tuesday, she became the leading wicket-taker in Women’s One-Day Internationals. With this feat, Goswami overtook Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick who once recorded 180 wickets.
The 34-year-old fast bowler had also made valuable contribution during her tenure as the captain of the Indian women’s team a couple of years ago. Goswami’s new record came about while she was playing her 153rd ODI match in South Africa when she knocked out batsman Raisibe Ntozakhe. She finished 3 for 20 in 7.3 overs. Besides her, another Indian bowler, Neetu David is at No. 4 with 141 wickets.
Her previous two wickets were that of Nadine de Klerk and Masabata Klaas.
Goswami achieved her feat in her 153rd game. While speaking to Mid-Day, she said, “I am happy and relieved. I was coming back after an injury lay-off. My teammates are happier than me. I spoke to my mother for a few minutes and she was elated.”
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“This feat belongs to the whole of India. This venue, Potchefstroom, is special because we beat New Zealand in the 2005 World Cup semi-final,” Goswami added.
Born in a village in Nadia district of West Bengal, Goswami went on to become a stellar pacer from India.
A right-arm fast bowler, Goswami has also taken 40 Test wickets and 50 T20 wickets. She now has 181 wickets in 153 matches in total. She has an economy of 3.18 in one-day cricket. Overall, she has 271 international wickets across all formats.
With an excellent ODI debut in 2002 against England, Jhulan Goswami is recognized as one of the fastest bowlers in the game. She won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2007, was also awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2010 and the Padma Shri two years later.
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