Jhulan Goswami became the first female cricketer to take 200 ODI wickets, when she took the wicket of Laura Wolvaardt in the second ODI between India women and South Africa at Kimberly, South Africa.
Goswami reflected back on her career which began in 2002 against England and recalled each of her 200 ODI wickets.
Talking to Bcci.tv, Goswami said "I remember each of my 200 wickets, right from the beginning of my international career in 2002.”
“I still remember I got (Caroline) Atkins (the then England opener) 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,” she continued.
Jhulan has been felicitated with many awards like The ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year 2007, Arjuna Awardee and the Padma Shri.
"I do a lot of training. I believe in my training," revealed Goswami, adding, "As a fast bowler, you have to train hard as there are a lot of ups and downs. When things aren't working my way, it is the process that counts. 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."
With 290 International wickets (Tests, ODIs and T20I), Goswami is the all-time leading wicket-taker in women's cricket. "So far whenever I have played, I have tried to give more than my hundred per cent on the field. 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. All these moments are very special moments in my career because iske elava mere life mein kuch nahi hai (there is nothing else in my life other than this)," she said.
"Whatever milestone you have achieved, it feels good (only) when you are on the winning side. It was important for us to win. The points are important as it is the ICC Women's Championship, a qualifying event for the ICC Women's World Cup 2021. So, more than the 200 wickets, it was important to take the two points from each and every match," added the former India captain.