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India's Jhulan Goswami makes history, becomes highest ODI wicket-taker in women's cricket
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India's Jhulan Goswami makes history, becomes highest ODI wicket-taker in women's cricket



Former Indian women's cricket captain Jhulan Goswami has become the leading wicket-taker in Women's One-Day Internationals going past Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick record of 180 wickets on Tuesday.
 
Goswami came into the game just two wickets short of former Australian pacer Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s record [180] and the Indian pacer’s brilliant bowling spell of 3-20 means that she is at the top of the list now.
 
Goswami, playing her 153rd ODI against South Africa Women during the ongoing Women`s Quadrangular Series in South Africa on Tuesday, took three wickets to take her career tally to 181 wickets.Fitzpatrick, who had taken 180 wickets in 109 matches, had retired in 2007.
 
On the back of Goswami and Shikha Pandey picking up three wickets each, India managed to beat South Africa by seven wickets after bowling out the hosts for just 119.
Since making her ODI debut in 2002, Goswami has been a cornerstone of the Indian cricket team. Her 181 wickets have come from 153 ODIs at an average of 21.76, with two five-wicket hauls to her name.
 
With 271 International wickets (Tests, ODIs and T20I), Goswami is the all-time leading wicket-taker in women's cricket. After winning the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year 2007 she captained India. She was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2010, and the Padma Shri two years later.
 
Born in a village in Nadia district of West Bengal, Goswami grew up as a fan of football. Her first tryst with cricket was when she watched the 1992 Cricket World Cup on TV and five years later she was enthralled by watching Belinda Clarke's victory lap after Australia vs New Zealand 1997 Women's World Cup final live at the stadium.
 
In 2007, she won ICC Women`s Cricketer of the Year award, followed by Arjuna Award in 2010 and two years later she won the prestigious Padma Shri.Currently, she ranks second in ODI Rankings for Bowlers.






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