Women's Asia Cup 2008 May 8, 2008

Goswami reaches 100 wickets in ODIs

Cricinfo staff


Jhulan Goswami became the second Indian woman to reach the 100-wicket landmark in ODIs © ICC
 

Jhulan Goswami has become the fourth woman to reach 100 wickets in one-dayers after she took 2 for 25 against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup. She is only the second Indian woman, after Neetu David, also playing the Asia Cup, to reach the landmark.

No. 100 came when she had Deepika Rasangika caught off the penultimate ball of innings.

Last year she won the ICC Women's Player of the Year, beating stiff competition offered by Australia's Lisa Stahlekar and England's Claire Taylor.

In her first three years, from 2002, Goswami took only 38 wickets. Between 2005 and 2008, she picked up 62 wickets at a phenomenal average of 19. While it took her 82 matches to reach the landmark, Cathryn Fitzpatrick and David, got to theirs in under 65 games.

Before the start of the Asia Cup, Goswami said there were a lot of expectations from her to reach 100 wickets in Sri Lanka. "Back home people are watching me quite carefully because every match they expect five wickets which is not easy, she said. "I want to enjoy my game and play my best cricket. "It is great times for women's cricket. So many things are happening at the moment and things are changing day by day which is good."

Her captain Mithali Raj was happy to have two bowlers with 100 wickets each in her side. "Now we want our other bowlers to get to this landmark as well - Amita Sharma and Rumeli Dhar," she told Cricinfo.

India and Sri Lanka have qualified for the final of the Asia Cup, scheduled for Saturday in Kurunegala.

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