Good Sports: GOSWAMI MAKES CRICKET HISTORY
At age 35, India’s Jhulan Goswami has made history, becoming the first female cricketer to take 200 ODI wickets.
She achieved the milestone on Feb. 7 during the second ODI between India and South Africa when she dismissed opener Laura Wolvaardt.
The West Bengal native, who has played international cricket since age 19, is the all-time leading wicket-taker in women’s cricket. She has taken 290 international wickets (Tests, ODIs, and T20I).
Goswami was pleased that her 200th ODI wicket came during a victory, as India took a commanding 2-0 lead over host South Africa in a three-match ODI series, part of the ICC Women’s Championship.
“Whatever milestone you have achieved, it feels good when you are on the winning side,” Goswami told the BCCI website. “It was important for us to win. The points are important as it is the ICC Women’s Championship, a qualifying event for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021. So, more than the 200 wickets, it was important to take the two points from each and every match.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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