Blog By: Riya Rathore

Jhulan Goswami, India’s fast bowler, is now the leading wicket-taker in Women’s ODIs, going past Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick record of 180 wickets. Jhulan, former India captain, achieved the feat during the ongoing Women’s Quadrangular Series in South Africa. She now has 181 wickets in 153 matches at an average of 21.76 with two five-wicket and 4 four-wicket hauls. Neetu David – slow left-arm orthodox – is at No. 4 with 141 scalps from 97 games. In 2006-07 season, Jhulan Goswami guided the Indian women’s team to first Test series win in England. She was a member of the Asia squad for the Afro-Asia tournament in India in 2007. Later in 2008, she replaced Mithali Raj as the India’s captain for Australia tour. She led India in 25 ODIs.

Former Indian women’s cricket captain Jhulan Goswami has become the leading wicket-taker in Women’s One-Day Internationals going past Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick record of 180 wickets on Tuesday Goswami, 34, took three wickets against South Africa Women during the ongoing Women’s Quadrangular Series in South Africa taking her career tally of wickets to 181 in 153 matches at an average of 21.76.The ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2007, Arjuna Awardee, Padma Shri winner and the once the fastest bowler in women’s cricket has been the mainstay of India women bowling unit since her debut in 2002. Born in a village in Nadia district of West Bengal, Goswami grew up as a fan of football. Her first tryst with cricket was when she watched the 1992 Cricket World Cup on TV and five years later she was enthralled by watching Belinda Clarke’s victory lap after Australia vs New Zealand 1997 Women’s World Cup final live at the stadium. Goswami was also adjudged ICC’s ‘Women Cricketer of the Year’ in 2007.In her younger days, she was the fastest woman fast bowler that India ever produced. She still is very economical and batswomen across the globe still respect her wicket-to- wicket bowling. Goswami also has 40 wickets in 10 Tests and 50 wickets in 60 Twenty20 Internationals. Her early career was marked with a lot of struggle. Her parents did not think that cricket was an ideal career choice for their daughter and wanted her to focus on her studies. But she defied them and travelled 80 km to undergo training in Kolkata. In order to make it to practice on time, she would wake up at 4.30 am to catch the local train that would take her to the city. While she is happy breaking records, her big dream is to help India win the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2017.

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