Her hard work pays off as the Indian bowler becomes the highest wicket-taker in the world
At the time when Indian cricket team is making news in the international arena, Jhulan Goswami is also adding a feather to the Indian women cricket team. Jhulan has become the leading wicket-taker in Women’s One-Day Internationals with a record of 180 wickets. She surpassed Australian bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick. But the journey as a cricketer was not easy for Jhulan. Born in the small town of Nadia district of West Bengal Jhulan was the longest girl in her town. If she walked on the road, then people will look back and see. The cricket became an obsession for her since childhood. Her father who worked in Air India did not have the particular interest in cricket. Although he never stopped her daughter from playing cricket. But her mother did not like her to bowl with the boys in streets. As a child, she used to play cricket on the road with neighbouring boys. In those days, she used to bowl very slow. Therefore, the boys used to easily hit fours and six sixes on her ball. Many times jokes were also made on her. The boys used to tease her, saying, ‘Jhulan, you should stay away from the ball.’ These jokes and teasing hurt Jhulan so much that she decided to be a fast bowler in life. She started her career with women’s cricket in 2002. Although not very strongly built, she bowls with a smooth, easy run-up. Jhulan’s strength lies in the fact that she generates movement off the pitch when she lands the ball on the seam and is now the fastest female bowler in the world, bowling at 120kph. She is also ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2007, Arjuna Awardee and Padma Shri winner.
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