Date of Birth25-11-1982
Place of BirthChakdaha, Nadia, West Bengal
Batting StyleRight-hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm medium
The ‘Lightning Lady’ of Indian Women’s Cricket, Jhulan Goswami made her ODI debut on 6th January 2002 against England and made her Test debut on 14th January 2002 against England.
She was appointed the captain of the Indian team for the 2009 world cup and led the team till 2011.
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 in May 2017. She became the first woman cricketer to reach 200 wickets in one day cricket in 166 matches on 7th February 2018.
In 2007, she won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
One of the most feared fast bowlers of her generation, Jhulan Goswami, is a legend of the game. Tall, lanky, and athletically built, she looks the perfect fast bowler with a bounding run up, compact load up, and high-arm release.
Early in her career, during the 2005 Women’s World Cup in South Africa, Goswami finished the tournament as India’s second highest wicket-taker behind left-arm spinner Neetu David. She led the charge with the new ball, cementing her place as India’s premier fast bowler – the head of a three-pronged attack also including Amita Sharma and Rumeli Dhar.
Goswami enjoyed a successful few years, taking her first 10-wicket haul in Tests during India’s tour of England in 2006, helping India to a 1-0 win in the two-Test series.
Having started off a tearaway quick, over the years Jhulan Goswami has moulded herself into a more rounded fast bowler – making up for reduced pace with accuracy and variation. Having idolised Glenn McGrath as a youngster, she imbibed the Australian’s pin-point accuracy and has made it one of her strong suit in recent times.
In 2018, ahead of the Women’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies, Jhulan Goswami retired from T20Is, saying her body wasn’t quite allowing her to keep up with the pace of the game. With two ODI World Cup runners up medals under her belt, she is desperate to go one better. It is likely 2021 will be her swansong.
- July 1, 2020
Earlier, Jemimah Rodrigues and Sophie Devine have suggested reductions in the size of the ball length of the pitch to promote the game.
- June 24, 2020
There are 22 bowlers who have taken more than one five-wicket haul in ODIs so far. Can you name them inside three minutes?
- June 20, 2020
Despite the extended break that has kept her out of action, Jhulan Goswami says the thought of the 2021 World Cup has kept her motivated.
- June 18, 2020
This week, we list the select band of cricketers to achieve the rare double of scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in ODIs.