Hyderabad: Jhulan Nishit Goswami added one more feather to her glowing cap when she became the first woman cricketer to take 200 wickets in the second one-day match in Kimberly on Wednesday. The fast bowler achieved this distinction when she claimed the wicket of South African opener Laura Wolvaardt.
From being a ball girl in the 1997 world cup to overtaking her idol, Cathryn Fitzpatrick, it has been a glorious career spanning over 15 years at the highest level.
She cites the support of her close ones that have helped her achieve this remarkable feat.
“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 said to BCCI website.
Nerves will always play a part when one is in such a situation and Jhulan was not immune to it. She said, “Every match that I play for India, I feel the nerves. I always feel that pressure. I have hardly had lunch (between innings breaks) all my life.” She also states that it is good if a player is nervous as it either makes them or breaks them.
At 35, Jhulan continues to work on her fitness. She strictly follows a training regime that helps her to continue playing the game she loves. She also cites that the schedule helps her recover properly as there are not many games to play when compared to the men’s version. “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”, she said.
When asked who has been her most favourite wicket, she says that she remembers each of her 200 wickets and reminisces about her first scalp, “I still remember I got (Caroline) Atkins (the then England opener) out, caught in the slips. Mithali (Raj) was in the slip and she took the catch.”
Being in the game for such a long time and evolving into a pioneer of the women’s game, Jhulan says that she always gives her hundred percent. “I always play for my team, it is not about an individual (performance). Every day, every session and every match, I always enjoy. It is a huge honour for me to represent my country.
“Wearing the India jersey is a big honour for me and all the moments are very special in my career because there is nothing else in my life more than this”, she concludes.