Jhulan Goswami: A Swansong Of Indian Cricketer Who Inspired Millions Of Women

Many people often say that cricket favours batting. Rarely do you witness a bowler grabbing headlines or gracing the front pages of magazines or newspapers. Despite this reality, there are still many aspiring cricketers who aspire to take up the challenging role of a bowler and dedicate their blood and sweat to reach the highest levels of the sport.

An exceptional player who has put in immense efforts and gone the extra mile to fulfil her dream of representing India in cricket is none other than Jhulan Goswami. In her illustrious career spanning over 20 years, Goswami not only brought pride to India but also served as an inspiration to a generation of cricketers to take up fast bowling.

Jhulan Goswami: Early Life 

She was born on 25 November 1982 to a middle-class family in Chakdaha, West Bengal, which is a part of Nadia district. She became passionate about cricket at the age of 15, inspired by her love of the 1992 Cricket World Cup, which she watched on television. When she saw Australian batsman Belinda Clarke in action during the 1997 Women's Cricket World Cup, her love for the sport grew even more. She had to travel to Kolkata for her cricketing goals as her hometown Chakdaha lacked cricket facilities at that time.

Jhulan Goswami: Career

After completing her training in Kolkata, she joined the Bengal women's cricket team. At the age of 19, she made her international debut against England in a One Day International in Chennai on 14 January 2002. She then played her first Test against England in Lucknow.

She was named vice-captain of the national team during the 2006 tour of England. She won the Player of the Series award and a special award at the Castrol Awards in Mumbai in September for her outstanding performance.

She was the only Indian player to win the ICC Women's Player of the Year award in 2007, making history. She became the captain of the team soon after, replacing Mithali Raj in 2008 and served as captain until 2011. 

Jhulan Goswami took 40 wickets in 10 Test matches and 271 wickets in 223 international games. In addition, she scored 1593 runs with three half-centuries. She made history in February 2018 during the Women's Quadrangular Series by becoming the first female cricketer to take 200 wickets in one-day cricket. She played in 166 ODIs and scored 995 runs. In 2011, she took 6 for 31 against New Zealand.

In September 2018, she defeated Sri Lanka to reach the milestone of 300 wickets in international cricket. In November 2020, she was a nominee for the ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Decade Award. She was selected to play for India in a Test match against the England women's cricket team in May 2021 and was also selected to represent India in the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup to be held in New Zealand in January 2022.

"Chakda Xpress", a biopic on former Indian captain Jhulan Goswami, will feature Anushka Sharma in the lead role. Acknowledging her delight, Anushka referred to the film as an eye-opener on women's cricket, highlighting the difficulties Jhulan faced to continue her cricketing career and how they had a major impact not only on her own life but also on the status of women. cricket in india. The film will dramatise the development of women's cricket and significant moments in Jhulan's life.

What is Jhulan Goswami’s height?
Jhulan Goswami, the former Indian skipper is 5 feet 11 inches tall.
What is Jhulan Goswami’s biopic named?
Jhulan Goswami’s biopic Chakda Xpress, directed by Prosit Roy and starring Anushka Sharma, will premiere on Netflix.
Why is Jhulan Goswami an inspiration?
Jhulan was previously considered the fastest bowler in the world. She was gifted with the ability to bowl accurately, something she trained countless hours to master.