Jhulan Goswami becomes first woman to take 200 ODI wickets

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Jhulan Goswami becomes first woman to take 200 ODI wickets

Jhulan Goswami becomes first woman to take 200 ODI wickets

Andrew Couldridge

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The India fast bowler brought up the landmark figure during Wednesday's second one-day international against South Africa.

Cricketer Jhulan Goswami became the first woman to take 200 one-day international wickets during India's second ODI against South Africa on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old fast bowler dismissed SA’s Laura Wolvaardt to reach the milestone in her 166th ODI.

Last year, also in a match against South Africa, she became the leading wicket-taker in women’s cricket, surpassing Australia’s Catheryn Fitzpatrick (180 wickets).

Interestingly, the first ever cricketer to claim 200 ODI wickets was the former Indian skipper Kapil Dev, also in his 166th ODI.

Groundbreaking cricketer

Aside from being the first ever woman to claim 200 ODI wickets and the leading wicket-taker in women’s cricket, Goswami has achieved several other feats.

The right-arm bowler holds the record for the most number of wickets at three different grounds: The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru (16 wickets), the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, New Zealand (11 wickets), and the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai (10 wickets).

In 2007, Jhulan was awarded the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year Award. She remains the only Indian female cricketer to win the prestigious award.

She also holds the record for the most four-wicket hauls by an Indian in ODIs, having managed the feat on seven occasions.

India win second ODI to claim SA series

After winning the first ODI against South Africa by 88 wickets, India secured a 178-run victory in the second to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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