Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami created history today when she equalled the tally of most wickets taken in the ICC Women’s World Cup. She has taken 39 wickets till now which is equal to that of Lyn Fullston of Australia, who played back in 1982-1988.
The 39-year-old bowler pulled this feat during India’s match against New Zealand in the ongoing ICC Women’s One Day International (ODI) World Cup for the year 2022. She took the wicket of New Zealand’s Katey Martin, which led her to a record-tie with Fullston, during the last over of the match.
This is India’s second match at the ongoing World Cup. For the opening match against Pakistan, Goswami took two wickets for the Indian team and helped them win. Now Goswami has a total of 39 wickets to her name from the five Women’s Cricket World Cups since 2005 that she has been part of.
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Till now, Goswami has played 197 ODIs and taken 248 wickets, which makes the highest wicket-taker in the history of Women’s cricket. Born in Chakdaha, West Bengal, she is also the fastest woman bowler in the world, with a speed of 120 kilometers per hour, after Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
She won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2007 and Jhulan’s story is going to be told on the big screen through the film Chakda Express, which will star Anushka Sharma in the lead.
Talking about the film, in an interview with SheThePeople, Goswami had said, “People in Bengali cinema had approached me many times about a biopic in Bangla but I never showed interest. I knew one thing in my heart if my story ever goes on the big screen, it has to reach a vast audience so that more girls get motivated. I hope that film takes women’s cricket to more people around the country and they get to know about the challenges we’ve faced.”
Just a week ago, Sharma had shared images of her prep for the role on her Instagram handle.
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