The bowling epitome of the team, Jhulan Goswami is one of the most remarkable cricketers to have represented India
A rare fast pacer who bowls right-arm medium-fast and batswoman who bats right-handed, Jhulan Goswami is one of the most remarkable cricketers to have represented India. Being looked up as the greatest women fast bowler of all time, she became the highest wicket-taker in women’s ODI history with a total of 225 wickets in 182 matches.
Jhulan drew inspiration from the final match of the 1997 Women’s World Cup between Australia and New Zealand which was held in Jhulan’s town, the famous Eden Gardens of Kolkata. She was a ball-girl in the game and after watching legendary women cricketers like Belinda Clark, Debbie Hockey and Cathryn Fitzpatrick, she decided to make her career in cricket.
She bagged the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year Award in 2007 and clinched on to the captaincy. She had another laurel to her name when the Government of India conferred her with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2010, and the Padma Shri in 2012.
Leading India in 25 ODIs from 2008-2011, Jhulan is the leading wicket-taker in Women’s ODIs in the world and continues to inspire a generation of cricketers with her dedication towards the sport and her willingness to keep performing better.
Her Test debut came on 14 January 2002 against England in Lucknow and at the age of 19, she made her international debut in 2002 in a one-day International Match against England in Chennai.
According to Jhulan Goswami, a biopic on her is in the making titled Chakdaha Express. Being directed by Sushanta Das, it will discover Goswami’s journey from the Vivekananda Park nets in Kolkata to the Lord’s cricket ground in London.
On being asked about the lockdown, Jhulan told The New Indian Express “I don’t think it will take longer to be back in the groove once we start full-fledged training and hit the ground. I’m sure the BCCI will organise training camps and practise matches because we need a bit of time to prepare individually and as a team. We are doing workouts at home and following routines, monitored by the team support staff. Obviously, that’s not enough as we all need to be back on the field. But getting back in shape shouldn’t be a problem.”