Jhulan Goswami

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Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami (10 March 2009, Sydney).jpg
Goswami in 2009
Personal information
Full name
Jhulan Nishit Goswami
Born (1982-11-25) 25 November 1982 (age 39)
Chakdaha, West Bengal, India
NicknameBabul, Chakda Express
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 52)14 January 2002 v England
Last Test30 September 2021 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 61)6 January 2002 v England
Last ODI24 September 2022 v England
ODI shirt no.25
T20I debut (cap 3)5 August 2006 v England
Last T20I10 June 2018 v Bangladesh
Domestic team information
2000/01–2005/06Air India
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I WLA
Matches 12 204 68 340
Runs scored 291 1226 405 3,438
Batting average 24.25 14.61 10.94 20.38
100s/50s 0/2 0/1 0/0 1/11
Top score 69 57 37* 120*
Balls bowled 2,266 10,005 1,351 16,178
Wickets 44 255 56 448
Bowling average 17.36 22.04 21.94 18.72
5 wickets in innings 3 2 1 3
10 wickets in match 1 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/25 6/31 5/11 6/31
Catches/stumpings 5/– 69/– 23/– 132/–
Source: CricketArchive, 27 September 2022

Jhulan Nishit Goswami (born 25 November 1982) is an Indian cricketer.[1][2] She plays as a right-arm medium fast bowler and right-handed batter. She is one of the fastest (female) bowlers of all time.[3] She played 204 ODI matches before her retirement from international cricket in 2022, taking 255 wickets, and holds the record for taking the most number of wickets in Women's One Day International cricket.[4]

Goswami won the ICC Women's Player of the Year award in 2007 and the M.A. Chidambaram trophy for Best Women's Cricketer in 2011.[5] She rose to number one in the ICC Women's ODI bowling rankings in January 2016.


Goswami was born to a middle-class family in the town of Chakdaha in the Nadia district of West Bengal on 25 November 1982.[6] She took up cricket at the age of 15,[7] and was previously a football fan.[8] Goswami began to take interest in cricket when she watched the 1992 Cricket World Cup on TV. She took further interest in the sport after watching Australian batter Belinda Clark in the 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup.[8] As Chakdaha did not have any cricket facilities at the time, Goswami travelled to Kolkata to play cricket.[5]

Soon after finishing her training in Kolkata, Goswami was called up to the Bengal women's cricket team.[6] At the age of 19, she made her international debut in 2002 in a one-day International Match against England in Chennai.[6] Her Test debut came on 14 January 2002 against England in Lucknow.

Goswami along with Mithali Raj guided Indian Women’s Cricket team to first Test series win in England in 2006–07 season.[9] During the same season, Goswami helped Indian Women Cricket team to get their first victory against England, making a fifty as nightwatchman in the first Test at Leicester and taking her career best match figures of 10 for 78–5 for 33 and 5 for 45 – in the second test at Taunton.[10] 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[9] (when no Indian male cricketer bagged an individual award).[10]

Later in 2008, she took over the captaincy from Mithali Raj and held till 2011.[6] In 2008, she also became the fourth woman to reach 100 wickets in ODIs at Asia Cup.[10] She led India in 25 ODIs.[9] In 2010 she was awarded the Arjun Award[9] and in 2012 she became second Indian women cricketer to receive Padma Shri after Diana Edulji.[6]

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.[9] She is the highest wicket taker in WODIs going past Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick record of 180 wickets.[11] 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.[9] In ODIs she has 995 runs in 166 matches.[8] In 2011 where India failed to win, she took 6 for 31 against New Zealand.[6]

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.[12][13]

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.[14][15][16]

Jhulan Goswami said on 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 Goswami'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.[17]

In February 2018, she became the first bowler to take 200 wickets in WODIs.[18] In April 2018, an Indian postage stamp was issued in her honour.[19] In March 2022, in the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup, Goswami became the first bowler to take 250 wickets in WODI cricket.[20]

In September 2018, against Sri Lanka, she took her 300th wicket in international cricket.[21] In November 2020, Goswami was nominated for the ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Decade award.[22][23]

In May 2021, she was named in India's Test squad for their one-off match against the England women's cricket team.[24] In January 2022, she was named in India's team for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.[25]

On 12 March 2022, she became the highest wicket taker in Women's World Cup overtaking previous record of Lyn Fullston.[26]

Goswami retired from international cricket in September 2022, with her final match coming against England at Lord's, with India winning by 16 runs.[27] She will continue to be in the Bengal squad as a mentor/player.[28]

Coaching career[edit]

She was appointed as a bowling consultant for India women's national cricket team under the head coach Ramesh Powar. She is playing as a player-coach in Indian Team.

Awards, Honors and Titles[edit]

The President, Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Shri Award to Jhulan Goswami, at an Investiture Ceremony I, at Modi, in New Delhi on 22 March 2012
  • 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[29]
  • Leading International Wicket Taker



  1. ^ "From 0 to 181, Jhulan Goswami's journey to the top has been built on pure passion".
  2. ^ "Jhulan Goswami reveals 'one regret' as she confirms international retirement". ICC. 23 September 2022. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  3. ^ "How Jhulan became the world's fastest bowler". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  4. ^ "WODI career records". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Making Giant Strides". The Hindu. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Balachandran, Kanishkaa. "The lowdown on Jhulan Goswami". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  7. ^ Kumar, Abhishek (25 November 2015). "Jhulan Goswami: 10 interesting facts about India's fastest woman bowler". Cricket Country. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Jhulan Goswami becomes the leading wicket-taker in Women's ODIs – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Jhulan Goswami, ex-India cricket captain, becomes leading wicket-taker in ODIs". Hindustan Times. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "Jhulan Goswami". Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Jhulan Goswami becomes the leading wicket-taker in Women's ODIs - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  12. ^ "'Jhulan Is Number One'". ESPN Cricinfo. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Jhulan Goswami is highest wicket-taker in women's ODIs". The Hindu. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  14. ^ Live commentary: Final, ICC Women's World Cup at London, Jul 23, ESPNcricinfo, 23 July 2017.
  15. ^ World Cup Final, BBC Sport, 23 July 2017.
  16. ^ England v India: Women's World Cup final – live!, The Guardian, 23 July 2017.
  17. ^ "When will the shooting of Jhulan Goswami's biopic start? | Web News Observer". 2 July 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  18. ^ "Mandhana and Yadav inspire India to comfortable win". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Postage stamp issued in honour of Jhulan Goswami". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Jhulan Goswami bags 250th ODI wicket, becomes first women's cricketer on planet to achieve feat". Times Now News. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  21. ^ "Stellar show by bowlers, Mandhana give India easy win in first ODI". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steven Smith, Joe Root nominated for ICC men's cricketer of the decade award". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  23. ^ "ICC Awards of the Decade announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  24. ^ "India's Senior Women squad for the only Test match, ODI & T20I series against England announced". Board of Control for Cricket in India. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  25. ^ "Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh, Yastika Bhatia break into India's World Cup squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  26. ^ "Jhulan Goswami becomes highest wicket-taker in Women's World Cup history". Times of India. 12 March 2022. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  27. ^ Sudarshanan, S. "Goswami farewelled with victory as last wicket Dean is run-out backing up". ESPNCricinfo.
  28. ^ "Jhulan Goswami named Bengal women's team's player-mentor". The Indian Express. 28 July 2022. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  29. ^ "Padma Awards". pib. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  30. ^ "'Chakda Xpress': Anushka Sharma's film on Jhulan Goswami to premiere on Netflix". The Hindu. 6 January 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  31. ^ "Jhulan Goswami biopic Chakda Express teaser released; here's how the internet reacted". Business Today. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  32. ^ Sportstar, Team. "Jhulan Goswami confirms biopic 'Chakdah Express'". Sportstar. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  33. ^ "Mumtaz to play Jhulan Goswami in Taapsee Pannu's 'Shabaash Mithu'". The Times of India. 10 February 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.

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Preceded by ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year
Succeeded by