Jhulan Goswami

Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami (10 March 2009, Sydney).jpg
Personal information
Full nameJhulan Goswami
Born(1982-11-25) 25 November 1982 (age 35)
Chakdaha Nadia, West Bengal, India
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm medium fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 51)14 January 2002 v England
Last Test16 November 2015 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 61)6 January 2002 v England
Last ODI12 April 2018 v England
ODI shirt no.25
Last T20I10 June 2018 v Bangladesh
Career statistics
Runs scored283995329
Batting average25.7213.8111.17
Top score695737*
Balls bowled1,9727,9251,037
Bowling average16.6221.9520.90
5 wickets in innings321
10 wickets in match100
Best bowling5/256/315/11
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]