Jhulan Goswami left everyone in awe on Thursday when she became the first woman cricketer to claim 200 wickets in ODIs. The 35-year-old bagged the wicket of South Africa opener Laura Wolvaart to achieve this feat in her 166th one-day international. Interestingly, Kapil Dev, the first male cricketer to reach the landmark also added this feather to his illustrious cap in his 166th match.
Social media was all praises for this woman:
Another star performer Smriti Mandhana smashed a century to become the first Indian woman to score a ton in three away countries which includes Australia, England and South Africa. Indian Women Cricket team put up a great show to crush their opponents by 178 runs and is eyeing to win the series by 3-0.
Goswami has achieved this milestone with an economy of 3.23. Her best figures of 6/31 came against New Zealand in 2011. She has taken 40 wickets in 10 Test matches. In T20 cricket, she has made 50 scalps in 60 games.
Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick holds the second highest record of taking 180 wickets followed by Lisa Sthalekar on 146. India’s Neetu David occupies the fifth spot with 141 wickets.
Indian Women Cricket team has come forward showing great resilience. Last year when our women were playing finals against England in the World Cup, it was for the first time when the event was a televised global success, and it recorded unprecedented TRP ratings. They have continued their run-for-win in the recent ongoing series against Proteas too.
On one hand where the world celebrated the glinting victory of Virat and Co. by 124 runs against South Africa by dancing in front of their television sets, there was no one to celebrate the record created by Jhulan Goswami and Smriti’s maiden century as the match was not telecasted and all the information we could fetch was from twitter handles of ICC and BCCI.