Indian ace bowler Jhulan Goswami turns 35 today, to pay tribute to her, we look at her achievements. Goswami has been leading the pace attack for more than a decade. She stood behind the Indian Women’s successful results in modern day cricket. Along with Mithali Raj, she has contributed with the ball as well as the bat in the hour of need. She helped her team achieve new highs and stands as an inspiration for the upcoming generation of players in the country.
She is one of 4 women’s players who have 500 runs, 50 wickets and 50 catches under their belt. In fact, she scored 995 runs, picked 195 wickets and took 60 catches in ODIs. If she scores another five runs, she will be among eight players to have scored 1000 runs and bagged 100 wickets in Women’s ODIs.
Her bowling spell of 5/11 against Australia in 2012 are the best bowling figures for an Indian Woman in a T20I game. She is one of the two players in Women’s ODI cricket with a six-wicket as a captain. She took 6/31 against New Zealand in 2011. Unfortunately, this is also the only 6-wicket haul in Women’s ODIs to end in a losing cause. Mamatha Maben is the other captain with a 6-wicket haul in Women’s ODIs as she picked 6/10 against Sri Lanka in 2004. In 2006, she snagged a 10-wicket haul against England. Her 36 wickets in World Cups are the most by an Indian Women. She went past Diana Edulji’s 31 wickets during the recent CWC. Jhulan Goswami’s 36 wickets are the joint 3rd most for anyone in the Women’s World Cup history.
She has played 28 World Cup matches, 3 behind Mithali Raj. Both Goswami and Mithali featured in 21 Women’s WT20 games, which are the most by an Indian. She is the leading wicket-taker for India in Women’s T20Is and the only one with 50 wickets. Goswami is the leading wicket-taker in Women’s ODI cricket with 195 wickets. She went past Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s 180 wickets tally earlier this year. Putting it in perspective, Goswami has picked up 285 wickets in International cricket. These are the most for any player in Women’s cricket till date.