Jhulan Goswami

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Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami (10 March 2009, Sydney).jpg
Personal information
Full name Jhulan Goswami
Born (1982-11-25) 25 November 1982 (age 35)
Chakdaha Nadia, West Bengal, India
Nickname Babul
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium fast
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 51) 14 January 2002 v England
Last Test 16 November 2015 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 61) 6 January 2002 v England
Last ODI 12 April 2018 v England
ODI shirt no. 25
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I
Matches 10 166 60
Runs scored 283 995 329
Batting average 25.72 13.81 11.17
100s/50s 0/2 0/1 0/0
Top score 69 57 37*
Balls bowled 1,972 7,925 1,037
Wickets 40 200 50
Bowling average 16.62 21.95 20.90
5 wickets in innings 3 2 1
10 wickets in match 1 0 0
Best bowling 5/25 6/31 5/11
Catches/stumpings 5/– 60/– 18/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 July 2017

Jhulan Nishit Goswami (born 25 November 1982 in Nadia, West Bengal, India) is an all round cricketer who plays for the India national women's cricket team, Bengal Women, East Zone Women as well as the Asia Women XI women's cricket.[1][2] On 1 February 2009, she was appointed to lead the team for the upcoming world cup.

An integral part of the team, Jhulan is noted for both her batting and bowling (right arm medium) capabilities. She has a Test bowling average of less than 20. In the 2006–07 season she guided the Indian team to first test series win in England.

She won the ICC Women's Player of the Year 2007 and the M.A. Chidambaram trophy for Best Women Cricketer in 2011.[3] Recently she is no more the captain of the Indian Women's Cricket team. She is succeeded by Mitali Raj. Jhulan is first in ICC Women's ODI bowling rankings(January 2016). Jhulan is the leading wicket taker (200) in the history of women ODI cricket.

Also she was the fastest playing bowler in world women cricket after Cathryn Fitzpatrick retired.[4]

Goswami is the highest wicket taker in Women's One Day International cricket.[5] In February 2018, against South Africa, she became the first bowler to take 200 wickets in WODIs.[6] She achieved this by taking the wicket of South Africa opener Laura Wolvaardt during the second one-day game of the three-match series at Kimberley.[7] In April 2018, she had an Indian postage stamp issued in her honour.[8]

Early life

Jhulan Goswami (Babul/Gozzy-nickname) was born in Nadia district of West Bengal on 25 November 1982. She belongs to a middle-class family in Chakdaha, a small town in Nadia, West Bengal.[9] She took up cricket at the age of 15.[10] Before taking up cricket, she was a fan of football.[11] Her first encounter with cricket was on 1992 when she watched 1992 Cricket World Cup on TV and she was charmed by Belinda Clark’s victory lap after Australia vs New Zealand 1997 Women’s World Cup final live at the stadium.[11] But like all other Indian parents, Jhulan’s parents too wanted her to concentrate more on studies rather than cricket.[10] Jhulan did not stop. As she realised that her love for cricket grew, she took it steps further for cricket training. As her hometown didn’t have any cricket facilities at that time, she had to travel to Kolkata.[3] Her education and cricket made her schedule jam packed yet she continued her hard work.[3] She is also a movie-buff and book-worm besides, cricketer.[10]


Since her teens, she worked hard for cricket. She did her cricket training in Kolkata. Soon, she made her entry in the Bengal cricket team.[9] At the age of 19, she made her India debut in 2002 in an one-day International Match against England in Chennai.[9] Her Test International debut was on 14 January 2002 against England in Lucknow and her T20 debut  was on 2006 in Derby.

Goswami along with Mithali Raj guided Indian Women’s Cricket team to first Test series win England in 2006–07 season.[12] During the same season, Jhulan helped Indian Women Cricket team to get their first victory against England, making a fifty as nightwatchman in the first Test at Leicestar and taking her career best match figures of 10 for 78–5 for 33 and 5 for 45 – in the second test at Taunton.[13] In 2007 Jhulan was a member of Asian squad in the Afro-Asia tournament in India and also won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year[12] (when no Indian male cricketer bagged an individual award).[13]

Later in 2008, she took over the captaincy from Mithali Raj and held till 2011.[9] In 2008, she also became the fourth woman to reach 100 wickets in ODIs at Asia Cup.[13] She led India in 25 ODIs.[12] In 2010 she was awarded the Arjun Award[12] and in 2012 she became second Indian women cricketer to receive Padma Shri after Diana Edulji.[9]

She has 40 Test wickets in her name in 10 matches. Overall she has 271 international wickets in 223 games and has scored 1593 runs with three 50s.[12] She is the highest wicket taker in WODIs going past Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick record of 180 wickets.[14] She achieved the feat during the Women’s Quadrangular Series in South Africa. On 7 February 2018 Jhulan became the first woman cricketer to reach 200 wickets in one day cricket. She has 200 wickets in 166 matches at an average of 21.76 with two 5 wickets and 4 four wickets hauls.[12] In ODIs she has 995 runs in 166 matches.[11] In 2011 where India failed to win, she took 6 for 31 against New Zealand.[9] She also has 50 wickets in 60 20–20 Internationals.

In May 2017, Goswami became the leading wicket-taker in ODIs when she took her 181st wicket against South Africa at PUK Oval, Potchefstroom, surpassing Australia's Cathryn Fitzpatrick.[15][16]

Goswami was part of the Indian team to reach the final of the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs.[17][18][19]

Former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, Jhulan Goswami, revealed on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, that a biopic on her is in the making with the working title ‘Chakdaha Express.’The biopic will be directed by Sushanta Das, it will trace Jhulan's journey from the Vivekananda Park nets in Kolkata to the Lord's cricket ground in London, where India lost the World Cup final against England in July.[20]

Awards, Honors and Titles

  • 2007 – ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year
  • Captain of Indian Women's Cricket Team (2008–2011)
  • Fastest Bowler
  • 2010 – Arjuna Award
  • 2012 – Padma Shri [21]
  • Leading International Wicket Taker


  1. ^ "From 0 to 181, Jhulan Goswami's journey to the top has been built on pure passion". 
  2. ^ "Why Women's Cricket World Cup final is extra special for Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami". 
  3. ^ a b c "Making Giant Strides". The Hindu. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  4. ^ "How Jhulan became the world's fastest bowler". 30 September 2006. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Goswami breaks record as Indian women beat SA women by 7 wkts – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Mandhana and Yadav inspire India to comfortable win". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 7 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Making history: India's Jhulan Goswami becomes first woman cricketer to take 200 wickets". Scroll. Retrieved 8 Feb 2018. 
  8. ^ "Postage stamp issued in honour of Jhulan Goswami". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 21 April 2018. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f Balachandran, Kanishkaa. "The lowdown on Jhulan Goswami". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  10. ^ a b c Kumar, Abhishek (2015-11-25). "Jhulan Goswami: 10 interesting facts about India's fastest woman bowler". Cricket Country. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  11. ^ a b c "Jhulan Goswami becomes the leading wicket-taker in Women's ODIs – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Jhulan Goswami, ex-India cricket captain, becomes leading wicket-taker in ODIs". Hindustan Times. 2017-05-09. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  13. ^ a b c "Jhulan Goswami". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  14. ^ "Jhulan Goswami becomes the leading wicket-taker in Women's ODIs - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  15. ^ "'Jhulan Is Number One'". ESPN Cricinfo. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "Jhulan Goswami is highest wicket-taker in women's ODIs". The Hindu. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  17. ^ Live commentary: Final, ICC Women's World Cup at London, Jul 23, ESPNcricinfo, 23 July 2017.
  18. ^ World Cup Final, BBC Sport, 23 July 2017.
  19. ^ England v India: Women's World Cup final – live!, The Guardian, 23 July 2017.
  20. ^ [1], 19 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Padma Awards". pib. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 

External links

  • Cricinfo player profile
Preceded by
Karen Rolton
ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year
Succeeded by
Charlotte Edwards
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