Jhulan Goswami Becomes Leading Wicket-Taker In Women’s ODIs

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New Delhi: 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.

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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.

With 271 International wickets (Tests, ODIs and T20I), Goswami is the all-time leading wicket-taker in women’s cricket. After winning the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2007 she captained India. She was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2010, and the Padma Shri two years later.

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 is no mug with the bat as well and averages 25.72 in Tests and has two fifties to her name. In ODIs, Goswami has 919 runs to her name in 153* matches.