Jhulan Goswami has by far been an ultimate barge pole of the Indian women cricket team. She is an inspiration to many people. The fact that she was able to contribute as an all-round cricketers is the telling part. Having made her debut in ODI on January 6, 2002 against England, she plied her trade for 16 years, an incredible slog-fest success to highlight her career.
The 35-year-old Jhulan Goswami who is deemed as one of the longest serving women players for India created history in Women cricket. She became the first and only woman cricketer to bag over 1000 plus runs and pocket more than 150 wickets in the One-Day Internationals.
Jhulan Goswami has played 165 matches for India and she was able to score 1003 runs overall and has taken 199 wickets. She is one short of achieving the double century of wickets in ODIs and she will be looking forward to achieving the same in the next international match against South Africa on February 7, Diamond Oval, Kimberley.
Not to forget the fact that Goswami is a good fielder as well. She has taken over 60 catches, the most by any bowler in Women’s ODI’s. By far, she has sprinkled stardust all over the places where she travelled. She is the biggest blessing that the BCCI Women’s team got in the form of an all-rounder.
Recap of 1st ODI:
The three-match ODI series was a part of the ICC Women’s Championship to qualify for the next World Cup. However, India took this match seriously and took a 1-0 lead in the series. India Women made 213/7 in their full quota of overs against South Africa Women. Thanks to Smriti Mandhana who chipped in with a magnificent 84 runs eclipsing 8 fours and 1 six respectively.
She was backed by the skipper Mithali Raj who played second fiddle to essay 45 runs at the top and these two were the telling parts in the team’s batting unit. In the bowling unit, it was all Jhulan Goswami’s carnage of 4/24 (2 maidens) that sent the South Africa batswomen packing as the hosts beat the visitors by 88 runs.