Remember all my 200 ODI wickets: Jhulan Goswami after world record feat
Jhulan Goswami created history during the second match between India and South Africa in Kimberley by becoming the first woman bowler to reach 200 wickets in ODIs.cricket Updated: Feb 08, 2018 14:43 IST
Jhulan Goswami created history during India’s second ODI against South Africa in the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship game in Kimberley by becoming the first woman bowler to take 200 wickets in ODIs. Goswami dismissed South Africa opener Laura Wolvaardt to claim her 200th scalp as the Indian women’s team won the match by 178 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Speaking to BCCI.tv after her unprecedented achievement, Goswami termed it a very special day in her life. “It was a very special day for me; more special because we won convincingly. We played very good cricket. Thanks to my family, my team-mates, coaches and others that I can continue playing cricket. It is really special as whenever you achieve a milestone, you feel happy; you feel proud. But it was important for me to concentrate on my bowling as at the end of the day, how we perform matters most,” she added.
The tall pacer, though, said she had no pressure about reaching the milestone as she concentrated only on bowling well.
“When I was only three wickets away from being the highest wicket-taker in the world, I was keeping a count. I took a long time to cross that milestone, but this time I was not counting,” she said.
On being asked about her favourite wicket during her 14-year long ODI career, the 35-year-old said she remembers all her wickets but gives each of them equal importance.
“I remember each of my 200 wickets, right from the beginning of my international career in 2002. I still remember I got Caroline Atkins out, caught in the slips. Mithali Raj was in the slip and she caught that catch. Whenever I bowl at a crucial time in the match and end a partnership, it becomes special for me. I cannot pick one. All the wickets are planned. Every wicket is important,” she said.
Goswami also spoke on the importance of training saying as a fast bowler it’s important to train hard at regular basis. “I do a lot of training. I believe in my training. I strongly believe that my training regime has helped me a lot because there is a lot of wear and tear. Injuries happen, but our schedule is such that we play one series, then we get a break of one or two months. So, I have got time to recover.”