Jhulan Goswami

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Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami (10 March 2009, Sydney).jpg
Personal information
Full nameJhulan Nishit Goswami
Born (1982-11-25) 25 November 1982 (age 39)
Chakdaha, West Bengal, India
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
BattingRight-hand bat
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 ODI26 September 2021 v Australia
ODI shirt no.25
T20I debut (cap 3)5 August 2006 v England
Last T20I10 June 2018 v Bangladesh
Domestic team information
Bengal Women
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I
Matches 12 192 68
Runs scored 291 1162 405
Batting average 24.25 14.70 10.94
100s/50s 0/2 0/1 0/0
Top score 69 57 37*
Balls bowled 2,266 9,387 1,351
Wickets 44 240 56
Bowling average 17.36 21.59 21.94
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/– 65/– 23/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 4 October 2021

Jhulan Nishit Goswami (born 25 November 1982) is an Indian international cricketer and the former captain of India national women's cricket team.[1][2] An all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium fast, Goswami is regarded as one of the greatest women fast bowlers of all time and one of the fastest bowlers in the history of women's cricket, and the fastest contemporary bowler following the retirement of Cathryn Fitzpatrick.[3] In August 2018, Goswami announced her retirement from WT20Is.[4]

She 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] Goswami was ranked first in the ICC Women's ODI bowling rankings in January 2016.

Goswami is the highest wicket taker in Women's One Day International cricket.[6] In February 2018, against South Africa, she became the first bowler to take 200 wickets in WODIs.[7] 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.[8] In April 2018, an Indian postage stamp was issued in her honour.[9]

Early life[edit]

Goswami was born to a middle-class family in the town of Chakdaha in the Nadia district of West Bengal on 25 November 1982.[10] She took up cricket at the age of 15,[11] and was previously a football fan.[12] 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.[12] 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.[10] At the age of 19, she made her international debut in 2002 in a one-day International Match against England in Chennai.[10] 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 England in 2006–07 season.[13] 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.[14] 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[13] (when no Indian male cricketer bagged an individual award).[14]

Later in 2008, she took over the captaincy from Mithali Raj and held till 2011.[10] In 2008, she also became the fourth woman to reach 100 wickets in ODIs at Asia Cup.[14] She led India in 25 ODIs.[13] In 2010 she was awarded the Arjun Award[13] and in 2012 she became second Indian women cricketer to receive Padma Shri after Diana Edulji.[10]

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.[13] She is the highest wicket taker in WODIs going past Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick record of 180 wickets.[15] 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.[13] In ODIs she has 995 runs in 166 matches.[12] In 2011 where India failed to win, she took 6 for 31 against New Zealand.[10] 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.[16][17]

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.[18][19][20]

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.[21]

In September 2018, against Sri Lanka, she took her 300th wicket in international cricket.[22] In November 2020, Goswami was nominated for the ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Decade award.[23][24]

In May 2021, she was named in India's Test squad for their one-off match against the England women's cricket team.[25]

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 Rashtrapati Bhavan, 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[26]
  • Leading International Wicket Taker


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  2. ^ "Why Women's Cricket World Cup final is extra special for Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami".
  3. ^ "How Jhulan became the world's fastest bowler". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
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  6. ^ "Goswami breaks record as Indian women beat SA women by 7 wkts – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Mandhana and Yadav inspire India to comfortable win". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Making history: India's Jhulan Goswami becomes first woman cricketer who take 200 wickets". Scroll. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Postage stamp issued in honour of Jhulan Goswami". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Balachandran, Kanishkaa. "The lowdown on Jhulan Goswami". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
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  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ a b c "Jhulan Goswami". Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Jhulan Goswami becomes the leading wicket-taker in Women's ODIs - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  16. ^ "'Jhulan Is Number One'". ESPN Cricinfo. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Jhulan Goswami is highest wicket-taker in women's ODIs". The Hindu. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  18. ^ Live commentary: Final, ICC Women's World Cup at London, Jul 23, ESPNcricinfo, 23 July 2017.
  19. ^ World Cup Final, BBC Sport, 23 July 2017.
  20. ^ England v India: Women's World Cup final – live!, The Guardian, 23 July 2017.
  21. ^ "When will the shooting of Jhulan Goswami's biopic start? | Web News Observer". 2 July 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  22. ^ "Stellar show by bowlers, Mandhana give India easy win in first ODI". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steven Smith, Joe Root nominated for ICC men's cricketer of the decade award". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  24. ^ "ICC Awards of the Decade announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  25. ^ "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.
  26. ^ "Padma Awards". pib. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013.

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Preceded by ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year
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