Jhulan Goswami, India’s top pacer and the highest wicket-taker in women’s one-day internationals, announced her retirement from the game on Sunday. It was a splendid 20-year-long career that came to an end with the third and final ODI match against England at Lord’s. Goswami made her international debut for India in an ODI match in 2002 against England in Chennai. Notably, she has already retired from the shorter format in 2018.
However, the pacer has now retired from Tests and ODIs as well. She appeared in her last series against England, and it was a perfect farewell for her. India whitewashed England after 2002. In her 20-year superb career, the 39-year-old has achieved some remarkable feats. In the ODI format, she was most dangerous, ending as the highest ever wicket-taker in one-day internationals. She ended up with a bowling figure of 2/30 in her last ODI game.
Overall, she has played 204 ODI matches and has taken 255 wickets at an economy of 3.37 with seven four-wicket hauls. She is also the highest wicket-taker in women’s ODI World Cup history. Goswami has the most World Cup appearances (five) and the most wickets (43). Overall, she has played a total of 10 ICC tournaments (5 ODI WC and 5 T20 WC), which is a record in itself.
Known as the “Chakdaha Express“, Goswami holds the record for the second longest career (20 years 261 days) in women’s ODI cricket. She also won the “ICC Women’s Player of the Year” award in 2007. Notably, the 39-year-old has also led India in 25 ODIs and 18 T20Is as well. So let’s check out some of her records and milestones achieved in her career.
Jhulan Goswami ended her superb career with some remarkable milestones
1 – The 39-year-old is the only Indian in the history of cricket to pick 50 wickets, take 50 catches and score 1000 runs in women’s ODI cricket. Notably, she is one of the six players who have made this record in women’s cricket.
2 – Jhulan Goswami also has the second-longest career in Test format (20 years and 261 days). She made her Test debut in January 2002 against England and played her last Test in September 2021 against Australia.
2 – After former India’s women’s captain Mithali Raj (22 years 274 days), Goswami holds the second longest career (20 years and 258 days) in the ODI format. She made her debut in January 2002 and played her last match in September 2022. Both games were against England.
43 – The 39-year-old holds the record of taking the most wickets in women’s ODI World Cups with 43 dismissals. Australian bowler Lyn Fullston is second on the list with 39 wickets.
69 – Talking about catches, Goswami has also taken 69 catches in her ODI career, which is the second-most by any player. Suzie Bates from New Zealand is at the top with 79 catches.
6/31 – Goswami also holds the record for bowling the best ever spell in women’s ODI cricket history. She registered a bowling figure of 6/31 against New Zealand in 2011.
255 – The 39-year-old is the leading wicket-taker in women’s ODI cricket. She ended with 255 wickets in 204 matches in ODI format.
355 – Goswami ended her career with a total of 355 wickets in her career. It is the most by any bowler in the history of women’s international cricket.
2007 – The 39-year-old made history when she won the “ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year Award” in 2007.
10095 – Jhulan Goswami also holds the record of bowling the most balls in the history of women’s ODI cricket. Second on the list with 6847 deliveries in her career is England’s Katherine Brunt.
23y 277d – The 39-year-old became the youngest player to take ten wickets in a test match. She took ten wickets against England in 2006, when she was 23 years and 277 days old.