|Jhulan Goswami Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||November 25, 1982|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Jhulan Goswami is an Indian cricketer who has represented the national team in all 3 formats of the game and had captained India from 2008 to 2011. She is renowned as one of the quickest and among the most successful pace bowlers in the history of women’s international cricket and for her more than handy contributions with the bat in the lower order. As of January 2020, she was the leading wicket-taker in Women’s ODIs and the only bowler to have crossed the mark of 200 ODI wickets. She won the ICC (International Cricket Council) ‘Women’s Player of the Year’ award in 2007, the season where she guided the Indian team to its first Test series win in England. Jhulan was also an integral member of India’s squads that finished as runners-up at the 2005 and 2017 Women’s World Cups.
Jhulan Nishit Goswami
Babul, Gozzy, Chakdaha Express
Chakdaha, Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal, India
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Jhulan is a high school graduate.
- Father – Nishit Goswami
- Mother – Jharna Goswami
- Siblings – Kunal Goswami (Younger Brother), Jhumpa (Younger Sister)
She is represented by Dunamis Sportainment, Management Agency, New Delhi, India.
25 – ODI
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
74 kg or 163 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Lanky frame
- Neck-length, tousled hair
- Affable smile
Jhulan Goswami Favorite Things
- Sports – Soccer, Cricket
- Hobbies/Interests – Watching movies, Reading
- Cuisine – Chinese
- Movie – 3 Idiots (2009)
- Actor – Aamir Khan
- Actress – Kajol
- Sportsperson – Diego Maradona
- Travel Destination – London
Jhulan Goswami Facts
- Initially enamored by soccer, her love for cricket began when she watched the 1992 ICC World Cup (Men’s edition) on television.
- She seriously began to follow and play the game at the age of 15, after witnessing the 1997 Women’s World Cup final live at the iconic Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata. She had received complimentary passes for the game and was inspired by Australian captain Belinda Clark’s victory lap around the stadium after the Aussies had overcome New Zealand.
- As training facilities were inadequate in her hometown of Chakdaha, she decided to train in Kolkata, her state’s capital and cricketing hub. Even though her parents were not agreeable to the idea of her traveling alone for about 80km at such a young age, she defied them and used to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to catch the local train that would take her to Kolkata so that she could reach her coaching facility in time for the start of her daily practice.
- As of January 2020, Jhulan had bowled almost 1500 overs in the ODI format of the game, which was nearly 500 overs more than the 2nd-placed Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
- In April 2018, a postage stamp was issued in her honor at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club. The stamp featured her picture along with Kolkata’s iconic monument, The Victoria Memorial.
- In 2010, the Government of India conferred on her the ‘Arjuna Award’, an annual award that recognizes outstanding achievement in sports. She was honored with the ‘Padma Shri’ in 2012, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, becoming only the 2nd female cricketer to receive the prestigious honor after Diana Edulji.
- When the BCCI awarded annual retainer contracts for female cricketers for the first time in 2015, Jhulan was among the 4 senior cricketers who were awarded central contracts in the highest category.
- In March 2022, Goswami became the first bowler in history to complete 250 wickets in women’s ODIs. She made this achievement while playing in her 199th ODI match.
Featured Image by Jhulan Goswami / Instagram