Continuing the trend of being one of the best cricketers in recent times, Jhulan Goswami created yet another record. Playing against South Africa she became the first cricketer to claim 200 ODI wickets in the history of women's cricket.
The Indian women’s cricket team is currently playing ODIs in South Africa and the Bengal tigress achieved the feat during the 2nd match on Wednesday.
The pacer entered the 2nd ODI on 199 wickets and knocked out South African batswoman Laura Wolvaardt to achieve the feat in her 166th ODI match. At the end of the game, Mithali Raj and Co enjoyed a commendable victory over the Proteas. And, won the series in style.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) too congratulated the bowler on Twitter:
The cricketing world took to Twitter too:
200 ODI Wickets. First woman to reach this summit is an Indian. Stand up and applaud....Jhulan Goswami, you're a legend :)— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 7, 2018
What a match this is turning out to be!! Stellar performance by @mandhana_smriti once again. A big congratulations to #JhulanGoswami on her 200th ODI wicket. #Jhulan200 #SAWvINDW pic.twitter.com/Qz8potomrj— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 7, 2018
Hearty congratulations to the legend, Jhulan Goswami, @JhulanG10, as she picks up number 200. Very proud of you. It is a great summit to be standing upon.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 7, 2018
Jhulan Goswami becomes first female cricketer to take 200 ODI Wickets. First male cricketer to the milestone was also Indian - Kapil Dev in 1991.— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) February 7, 2018
The incredible part is both Jhulan and Kapil reached the milestone in the same number of ODIs - 166!
Indian Women Qualify For World Cup 2021 After 2-0 Lead In 3 ODI Series Against South Africa. Congrats To Women In Blue.💪🙏🇮🇳— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) February 7, 2018
Aaj To Bahut Hi Accha Din Hai Indian Cricket Ke Liye(Men+Women)💪🙏🇮🇳#INDvSA #INDvsSA #SAvIND #SAvsIND #Kohli #JhulanGoswami #SmritiMandhana #Dhoni
The 34-year-old fast bowler had also made a valuable contribution during her tenure as the captain of the team. Goswami was one of the pillars of the Indian women's cricket team during the World Cup tournament last year. The Arjuna awardee debuted in 2002 against England. Further, she is recognized as one of the fastest bowlers in the game and won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2007. She also is a recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri.
Seasoned Indian fast bowler #JhulanGoswami becomes the first woman cricketer to take 200 ODI wickets. From Nadia in Bengal, she was inspired by 1997 world cup to take up cricket. Watch more on one of the world's fastest bowlers https://t.co/TjPUDFGthP pic.twitter.com/cJZhx2dxLC— SheThePeople (@SheThePeopleTV) February 7, 2018
She says it like it is - #JhulanGoswami - watch the fantastic story of this inspiring sportswoman on a day she becomes the first female cricketer to take 200 ODI wickets https://t.co/TjPUDFGthP pic.twitter.com/1gRASYXSJ5— SheThePeople (@SheThePeopleTV) February 7, 2018
The first male cricketer to score 200 ODI wickets is also an Indian -- the great Kapil Dev. In May 2017, Goswami became the leading wicket-taker in Women’s One-Day Internationals. With the feat, Goswami overtook Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick, who once recorded 180 wickets.
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