Jhulan Goswami Biography

Jhulan Nishit Goswami is a former Indian cricketer who competed on the international stage. He was born on November 25, 1982. She bowls with her right arm at a medium speed and bats with her right hand. She is considered to be both one of the best and the quickest women bowlers in the history of the sport. She participated in 204 One-Day International matches and took 255 wickets, which makes her the current holder of the record for the greatest number of wickets taken in Women’s One-Day International cricket to date.

In 2007, Goswami was awarded the ICC Women’s Player of the Year award, and in 2011, she was awarded the M.A. Chidambaram trophy for Best Women’s Cricketer.

In January of 2016, she ascended to the top spot in the One-Day International bowling rankings for women held by the ICC.



On November 25th, 1982, Goswami was born into a family that belonged to the middle class in the town of Chakdaha, which is located in the Nadia district of West Bengal. After growing up as a devotee of football, she started playing cricket when she was 15 years old. When Goswami was watching the Cricket World Cup in 1992 on television, she got interested in the sport for the first time. Belinda Clark, an Australian batter, was competing in the Women’s Cricket World Cup in 1997, and this sparked her enthusiasm in the sport even further. Goswami had to travel to Kolkata in order to play cricket because Chakdaha did not have any cricket facilities available at the time.

Goswami was asked to join the Bengal women’s cricket squad not long after she completed her training in Kolkata. Her first match at the international level took place in 2002, at Chennai, and it was a one-day international match versus England. She was only 19 years old at the time. Her first Test match was on January 14, 2002 in Lucknow, and it was against England.

Together with Mithali Raj, Goswami directed the Indian women’s cricket team to their maiden series victory outside of India during the 2006–2007 season in England. During the same season, Goswami played an important role in the Indian Women’s Cricket team’s first win against England. She made a fifty as the nightwatchman in the first Test that was played in Leicester, and she took her career best match figures of 10 for 78–5 for 33 and 5 for 45 – in the second Test that was played in Taunton. In 2007, Jhulan participated in the Afro-Asia competition held in India as a member of the Asian squad. She also received the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year title that same year (when no Indian male cricketer bagged an individual award).

Later in the year 2008, she succeeded Mithali Raj as captain and continued in that role until 2011. She also became the fourth woman to reach 100 wickets in One-Day Internationals at the Asia Cup in the year 2008. She captained the Indian team in 25 one-day internationals. [9] She was presented with the Arjun Award in 2010, and then in 2012, she became the second Indian woman cricketer after Diana Edulji to be honored with the Padma Shri.

She has played 10 matches in the Test format and has racked up 40 wickets. She has taken 271 wickets throughout 223 matches for her country’s team in international competition and has scored 1593 runs, including three 50s. She has the record for the most wickets taken in WODIs, having surpassed the previous record held by Cathryn Fitzpatrick of Australia, who had 180 wickets. She was competing in the Women’s Quadrangular Series in South Africa when she accomplished the feat. Jhulan became the first woman in the history of cricket to achieve the milestone of 200 one-day wickets on February 7, 2018. She has taken 200 wickets in 166 matches, averaging 21.76, and has had two hauls of five wickets and four hauls of four wickets. She has scored 995 runs in 166 One-Day International matches. During India’s match against New Zealand in 2011, in which they were defeated, she took 6 for 31. In addition, she has 50 wickets in 60 20-over matches for the national team.

When Goswami got her 181st wicket against South Africa in May of 2017, at PUK Oval in Potchefstroom, she surpassed Cathryn Fitzpatrick as the all-time highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals. Fitzpatrick was from Australia.

Goswami was a member of the Indian team that competed in the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2017, which England won by a score of nine runs. Goswami’s team came in second place.

On September 19, 2017, Jhulan Goswami revealed that a biopic on her life is currently under production, and the working title of the film is Chakdaha Express. The biopic will be directed by Sushanta Das, and it will follow Goswami’s journey from the Vivekananda Park nets in Kolkata to the Lord’s cricket pitch in London. This is the venue where India was defeated by England in the World Cup final in July.

She made history by becoming the first bowler to collect 200 wickets in WODIs in February of 2018.

In April 2018, an Indian postage stamp bearing her image was introduced into circulation. Goswami became the first bowler to collect 250 wickets in Women’s One-Day International cricket during the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in March of that same year.

In September of 2018, she achieved a career milestone by taking her 300th wicket while playing for her country in international cricket.

Goswami was one of the players to be considered for the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade award in November of 2020. In May of 2021, she was selected to be part of India’s Test squad in order to compete in a one-off encounter against the women’s cricket team from England.

She was selected to represent India at the Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in 2022, which was held in January of that year. On March 12, 2022, she broke the record previously held by Lyn Fullston to become the player with the most wickets taken in Women’s World Cup history.

Jhulan Goswami’s successful international career came to an end at Lord’s, as India defeated England by a score of 16 runs.

Coaching career 

She was given the role of bowling consultant for the India women’s national cricket team under the direction of Ramesh Powar, the team’s head coach. She is currently serving as a player and coach for the Indian team.

Awards, Honors and Titles 

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 
  • Leading International Wicket Taker


  • Chakda Xpress the bipoic of Jhulan Goswami, directed by Prosit Roy, starring Anushka Sharma will be premiered on Netflix. By this she is the second Indian female cricketer to have a biopic to her credit following Mithali Raj.
  • Taapsee Pannu portrayed her in 2023 film Shabaash Mithu, a biopic on Mithali Raj.