Jhulan Goswami is an Indian cricketer representing the national women’s side. She is 39 years old and bowls right-arm fast-medium. Goswami has played a total of 279 international matches and has taken a total of 350 wickets across all formats as per women cricket match videos.
Early Life and Childhood
Jhulan Goswami was born in a middle-class family on 25 November 1982 in Chakdaha, West Bengal, India, to Nisith Goswami and Jharna Goswami. She started playing the game at a later stage after watching the legendary Australian batter, Belinda Clark, in the Women’s Cricket World Cup held in 1997. At the age of 15, she used to travel back and forth from Kolkata to Chakdaha to train at a cricket academy in the capital of West Bengal, as there was no available facility in their hometown.
Goswami used to play for the Bengali women’s team post-completion of her training at the Kolkata academy. Jhulan Goswami played her first ODI match for the Indian team at the age of 19 on 4 January 2002, against the English team at Guru Nanak College Ground in Chennai. In the second ODI match, she took 3 wickets for just 8 runs in the 5 overs she bowled and helped the Indian team register an easy win against England. Also, in the same series, Goswami made her Test debut. She played her first international Test match against England at the K.D. Singh Babu Stadium in Lucknow.
Jhulan Goswami played a crucial role in helping the Indian women’s team register a series victory against the English women’s team in the 2006-2007 tour. She bowled brilliant and long spells and even contributed with the bat by scoring a vital half-century. Goswami took 10 wickets in both the Test matches, occurring in Leicester and Taunton. She was appointed the captain of the Indian women’s team in 2008. In the same year, she achieved 100 wickets in One-Day International cricket, becoming the fourth person to do so. And after 3 years and captaining 25 ODI matches, Jhulan Goswami was let go of her captaincy. She became the recipient of the Arjuna award and the Padma Shri award in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
After years of consistent performances, Goswami finally achieved the record for being the highest wicket-taker in Women’s One Day Internationals in a match against the South African women’s team. In the year 2017, she was part of India’s women’s squad for the World Cup for women’s cricket. She bowled excellently and took her team to the finals before losing to the English women’s team that had the advantage of home ground.
In the year 2018, Jhulan Goswami created many records in women’s cricket. She became the first woman to take 200 wickets in One Day Internationals and also became the only player to achieve 300 wickets in women’s international cricket.
Jhulan Goswami has been a part of many Women’s Cricket World Cups, be it WT20I or WODI. She has not been particularly successful in WT20I cricket. In the 2016 Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup, she played three matches and took no wickets. Similarly, in the 2016 Women’s Asia Cup, which was held in the T20 format, Goswami was only able to take five wickets even though India’s women’s team were crowned the champions of the tournament. And again, in the 2018 version of the Women’s Asia Cup, which was again played in the T20 format, she managed to take only a single wicket out of all the matches she was able to play. This led to her being dropped from the 2018 Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup held in the West Indies and also from the 2020 Women’s T20 Cricket World held in Australia.
After the game was back again and played in safe environments due to the pandemic, Jhulan Goswami played in the 5-match ODI series against the South African women’s team in India. She took 2 wickets for 38 runs in the first match, 4 wickets for 42 runs in the second one, and 2 wickets for 20 runs in three out of the four matches that she played for the Indian women’s team. Despite her great bowling efforts, India’s women’s team could not win the game and lost to the South African women’s group 4-1. Then she featured in India’s Tour of England in June-July 2021. She played in the one-off Test match and ODI series against the English women’s team. She took 1 wicket for 25 runs in the first Women’s One Day International match, 1 wicket for 39 runs in the second match and 1 wicket for 31 runs. And then, later in September, the Indian women’s team went up against the Australian women’s team. She played in the ODI series and one-off Test match held in Australia. She took 4 wickets in the three Women’s One Day International matches and took 3 wickets in the single Women’s Test match.
Coming to 2022, she played in the 5 match ODI series against New Zealand. She took 2 wickets for 58 runs in the first match, 3 wickets for 47 runs in the third WODI and none for 40 in the last one. Jhulan Goswami was then named in the Indian women’s Cricket World Cup squad held in March 2022. In the first match against Pakistan, she took 2 wickets for 26 runs, 1 wicket for 41 runs in the second match against New Zealand, and 1 wicket for 43 runs against West Indies. In the last few games, she took a total of 3 wickets.
Jhulan Goswami has been an inspiration for all young women in India to take up cricket as a profession. After a 20-year-long cricketing career, she is looking to retire from all formats of cricket in the upcoming England tour. She will be looking to end her career on a high and will be giving her best in the last few matches of her career. Jhulan Goswami will indeed go down in history as one of the best and most influential cricketers of all time.
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