Jhulan Goswami, the former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, turned 39 on Thursday, November 25. Jhulan Goswami is widely regarded as the finest female fast bowler to have represented India at the international level. She is one of the most dependable female all-rounders ever and one of the most intimidating bowlers.
The Chakdaha-born cricketer’s journey from Kolkata’s Vivekananda Park nets to London’s Lord’s cricket pitch has been nothing short of an inspiration for future generations. She is credited with bringing the Indian women’s cricket team to prominence and setting the groundwork for the country’s future players.
Jhulan made her international debut in January 2002, when she was 19 years old. Her outstanding abilities earned her a spot in the game’s longest format in the same month. Her debuts were both against England.
She went on to play 12 Test matches and 192 WODIs in total, scoring 291 and 1162 runs in each format. Before declaring her retirement from the format in 2018, the 38-year-old played 68 WT20Is and scored 405 runs.
Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing facts about the incredibly gifted athlete as she celebrates her 39th birthday.
- With 240 wickets in 192 games, she is the leading wicket-taker in WODI.
- With 340 wickets in 272 matches, she has the highest number of international wickets in her kitty.
- Jhulan became the first bowler to collect 200 wickets in WODIs in 2018 while playing against South Africa.
- While playing against Sri Lanka in 2018, she became the first female cricketer to take 300 wickets in international cricket.
- Goswami has been honoured with the Padma Shri award. She was the second woman cricketer to get the award, which she got in 2012.
- The renowned Arjuna Award was bestowed to her in 2010.
- From 2008 until 2011, Jhulan was the captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team.
- In 2007, she was named ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
- While playing as a player coach, she was designated as the bowling consultant for her national team.
- Jhulan was a member of the Indian squad that advanced to the Women’s World Cup final in 2017.
- She was recognised with an Indian postage stamp in 2018 to highlight her outstanding achievements.
Jhulan, who has risen to the top and won hearts with her dedication and love for the game, continues to be an inspiration to the younger generation. Despite her retirement from T20I cricket, she continues to play for her country in WODIs.