Jhulan Creates History, Highest Wicket Taker In Women Cricket

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Capetown: Jhulan Goswami created history on Wednesday after becoming the first woman cricketer to claim 200 ODI wickets. The right-arm pacer achieved the feat in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series against South Africa by dismissing Laura Wolvaardt.

The lanky pacer is now 20 wickets ahead of Australia legend Cathryn Fitzpatrick who retired with 180 scalps to her name. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter and lauded the Bengal speedster for her milestone feat.

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Dominant in the series-opener, the Indian women’s cricket team would now look to seal the issue as they take on South Africa in the second ODI of the three- match series. Seven months after a stupendous show in the World Cup, the Indian women’s team shook off rustiness with ease with a crushing 88-run win over South Africa in the series-opener here in Kimberley on Tuesday.

The three-match series, also a first-round fixture of the ICC Women’s Championship, gives both the teams a chance to directly qualify for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup. After a runner-up finish in the World Cup, Mithali Raj and her team did not play any international games — thanks to lackadaisical planning on the part of the BCCI.

And the ongoing three-match series against South Africa was considered a big challenge for the Indians to get back into the groove. But in the first ODI, the Indian women never looked short of match practice as they shone bright in all departments to comfortably outclass the home team.