India’s Pooja Vastrakar and Jhulan Goswami
India’s Pooja Vastrakar and Jhulan Goswami Image Credit: AFP

Veteran India pacer Jhulan Goswami on Wednesday added another milestone to her already illustrious career in international cricket. With the dismissal of England opener Tammy Beaumont in the Women’s Cricket World Cup at Bay Oval, Goswami became the first woman cricketer to take 250 ODI wickets.

The right-arm pacer had recently become the leading wicket-taker in the history of World Cups against the West Indies and with Beaumont’s dismissal, she also reached the mark of 350 wickets in international cricket.

Goswami said: “I am happy that I was able to take 250 wickets but never thought about that in my life. Secondly, I would have been happy if we had won this match.

“When I started playing cricket, I never thought about 250 ODI wickets. Just wanted to be there and express myself all the time and try to contribute more from my side. But some days, things aren’t going my way, some days it is very tough to do the way you want to deliver and it doesn’t happen. But this is a never-ending learning process as you keep learning each and every time.

“Honestly speaking, I’m feeling good. 250 is a big number. Again, never thought about it. As a cricketer, you can’t plan for those things. It is just that if you are playing for 20 years, it’s good that you achieve some individual milestones. For me, winning matches for India is important and my contribution is there, that is something I always try to do that.

“I don’t think about retirement and all this stuff. At the moment, we are just focusing on this World Cup, where important play is on at this moment. As a senior member of the side, I try to contribute for my side as much as I can.”