Jhulan Goswami entered the record books by becoming the leading wicket-taker in Women’s One-Day Internationals, going past Cathryn Fitzpatrick on Tuesday (May 9).
Goswami picked up 3 for 20 in India’s win over South Africa in Potchefstroom, in the ongoing quadrangular series, which took her to 181 wickets. Her bowling played a crucial part in India’s comfortable win.
Fitzpatrick, coincidentally one of Goswami’s idols growing up, had 180 and held the record for over a decade. Goswami has played 153 matches to Fitzpatrick’s 109 however.
Goswami, who is ranked No. 3 in ODIs, crossed the landmark when she dismissed Raisibe Ntozakhe, trapping her leg before wicket for a duck to end South Africa’s innings.
The lanky seamer made her international debut at the age of 18 in 2002 against England, and has since become the benchmark for not just pacers but women pursuing cricket in general. The Bengal-born player has featured in 10 Tests and 60 Twenty20 Internationals too.
Goswami donned the skipper’s role for India in 25 ODIs from 2008 to 2011, before handing the baton back to Mithali Raj. Goswami’s ascension came on the back of a stunning performance that led India to their first Test series win in England. With figures of 13-4-33-5 and 36.2-21-45-5, she picked up her only ten-wicket match haul in Tests to date. She also has three five-wicket hauls in the longest format. Goswami has two five-wicket hauls in ODIs.
She was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2007. In 2010, Goswami was conferred with the Arjuna Award and she became the second Indian woman cricketer after Diana Edulji (one of the current members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators), to receive the prestigious Padma Shri in 2012.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India also congratulated Goswami on her achievement in a statement.
She keeps breaking records & this is the one to cherish. India's Jhulan Goswami is now the leading wicket taker (181) in Women's ODIs. pic.twitter.com/VqbuFNBDVz
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) May 9, 2017
While it is her bowling which has drawn in the accolades over the years, Goswami has proved time and again that she is no mug with the bat. All internationals combined (223 games), Goswami has scored 1593 runs, with three fifties.