Jhulan Goswami who’s had a decorated career added another feather to her cap as she became the most successful bowler in World Cup history as she took her 40th wicket in World Cup against West Indies on Saturday. The 39-year-old veteran playing her last World Cup came into the tournament with 36 World Cup wickets. She picked 2 wickets in the first match against Pakistan and one against New Zealand equaling Australia spinner Lyn Fullston 39 wickets.
On Saturday, team India faced West Indies a d posted 317 in 50 overs. The Windies came out all guns blazing in the powerplay. Jhulan in her 3rd over was smashed for 21 runs by West Indies openers Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews. Later, team India broke the 100 run opening partnership and opened the flood gates with back-to-back wickets. West Indies were reduced to 155 for 7 from 100 for no loss. Jhulan came back to bowl and immediately picked up the wicket of Anisa Mohammad in the 36th over thus making history by taking 40 wickets and surpassing Lyn Fullston who had taken 39 wickets from 1982 World Cup to 1988 World Cup.
Jhulan Goswami reached this milestone in her 31st world cup match becoming the most successful bowler in Women’s World Cup history. In her 31 appearances from 2005 World Cup till now , she has averaged 20.77 at an economy of 3.37 runs per over with best of 4 for 16.
In her illustrious 20 year career, Jhulan has picked 249 wickets in 197 innings with the best being 6 for 31 against New Zealand in 2011. She has picked 108 wickets at home, 97 away and 44 at neutral venues. She has taken 74 wickets against England in 54 innings 47 wickets against New Zealand in 31 innings and 34 wickets against South Africa in 20 innings.
As she will be most likely retiring post this 2022 WC, expect to see her best throughout the tournament against top teams like England and Australia in upcoming matches.
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