Jhulan Goswami © IANS
Jhulan Goswami © IANS

India Women sealed the three-match ODI series 2-0 against South Africa at Kimberley on Wednesday. They won by a record 178 runs. It was a memorable outing especially for Smriti Mandhana and Jhulan Goswami. They broke a plethora of records. Smriti became the first Indian Women to score century against South Africa in South Africa while Jhulan became the first woman to scalp 200 ODI wickets. Laura Wolvaardt became Jhulan’s 200th victim.

Jhulan’s spree with wickets began from the England series in 2002. Her first victim was Caroline Atkins, caught by Mithali Raj during the first ODI at Chennai. Although Jhulan remembers her first victim, she claims every wicket she has taken in her ODI career has been important and special. She also credited her fitness for breaking record after record in every match. In an interaction with BCCI, Jhulan spoke in length about her milestone and thanked the teammates and support staff on achieving the record:

On scalping 200 ODI wickets: It was a very special day for me; more special because we won convincingly. We played very good cricket. Thanks to my family, my teammates, 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.

“I remember each of my 200 wickets”:  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.

Importance of fitness and training: 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.

The Indian Eves also celebrated this occasion post match with a special 200 cake.