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Jhulan Goswami Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Net Worth, Boyfriend & More | Who Is Cricketer Jhulan Goswami? Bio

Who is Jhulan Goswami?

Jhulan Goswami (born 25 November 1982) is an Indian international cricketer and the former captain of the Indian national women’s cricket team. 

An all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium-fast, Goswami is regarded as one of the greatest women fast bowlers of all time and one of the fastest bowlers in the history of women’s cricket, and the fastest contemporary bowler following the retirement of Cathryn Fitzpatrick. In August 2018, Goswami announced her retirement from WT20Is.

Jhulan Goswami Biography, Wiki

Jhulan Goswami is an all-around cricketing star and a former India national women’s cricket team captain. She is widely considered the best fast bowler at the moment.

From playing with boys to featuring in the World Cup final, the Chakdaha Express, as she is popularly known, has come a long way. She is a true inspiration for all the young athletes who want to be successful fast bowlers.

Unlike other girls of her age, she would voraciously watch sports on television, football in particular. Then in 1992, she watched India play in the Cricket World Cup. That was when her tryst with cricket began. Jhulan hails from a middle-class family in Chakdaha, a small town in the  Nadia district of West Bengal.

Jhulan Goswami WWC17 Feature

In that time, a girl traveling alone by train every day to play cricket was the most unusual thing you would ever hear. But not for Jhulan. Only in her teens, the youngster would travel for three days a week to Kolkata. She would catch the 5 am train from Chakdaha to Sealdah in Kolkata.

From there on, the 15-year-old would then reach for the cricket practice by 7.30 am through the bus. After completion of her practice by 9.30, it was another two-hour sojourn back to her hometown where she would have to report to school. This exhausting four-hour trek on a packed train would seem to be burdensome.

But for an indomitable Goswami, it was essential to toughen her up mentally, as she later revealed. “It was really a tiring schedule, as I had to travel for more than five hours in a day, then come back, have a rest for a while and again go back for studies. There was less time to rest and more time to work,” she recalled.

Full NameJhulan Nishit Goswami
Nickname(s)Babul, Gozzy
ProfessionCricketer (All-rounder)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 11”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 70 kg
in Pounds- 154 lbs
Figure Measurements (approx.)34-30-34
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
National SideIndia
International DebutTest– 14 January 2002 vs England Women in Lucknow
ODI– 6 January 2002 vs England Women in Chennai
T20– 5 August 2006 vs England Women in Derby
Jersey Number#25 (India)
Domestic/State Team(s)Asia Women XI, Bengal Women, East Zone Women, India Green Women
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm medium-fast
Records (main ones)• As in January 2017, the best Women T20I bowling figures of Goswami are 5 wickets for just 11 runs in the 4 overs.
• She has, as in March 2017, a 10 wicket haul in the Test format under her belt.
• In May 2017, Goswami became the leading wicket-taker in Women One Day International Cricket. She has taken more than 200 wickets in the international matches.
Career Turning PointThe high arm action and her pace along with the consistency in the domestic format made it possible for her to appear in the blue uniform.
Awards, Honours, Achievements• ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year (2007)
• Arjuna Award for Cricket (2010)   • Padma Shri (2012)
Personal Life
Date of Birth25 November 1982
Age (as in 2018)36 Years
BirthplaceChakdaha Nadia, West Bengal, India
Zodiac signSagittarius
HometownChakdaha Nadia, West Bengal, India
Educational QualificationsNot Known
HobbiesWatching Football and Movies, Reading
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
ParentsFather– Nisith Goswami
Mother– Jharna Goswami
Favourite Things
Favourite Cricketer(s)Batsman– Sachin Tendulkar
Bowler– Glenn McGrath
Favourite Female CricketerBelinda Clark
Favourite FoodChinese
Favourite ActorAamir Khan
Favourite ActressKajol
Favourite Film3 Idiots
Favourite CommentatorSunil Gavaskar
Favourite DestinationLondon
Money Factor
SalaryRs. 50 Lakh per annum (A grade contract)

Jhulan Goswami Career


Soon, a 19-year-old Goswami made it to the Bengal women’s team. After a promising debut season with Bengal, Goswami paved her way into the East Zone team. And this is where she took her first big leap towards international cricket.

During the game between East Zone and Air India in 2000, Goswami was impressed with her pace and ability to move the ball. She finished the match with 3/13 in 10 overs, against the Air Indian side which included top players like Anju Jain. Post-match, she received an offer to join the Air India team, and never looked back.


In no time, an Indian call-up followed. She made her India debut, in the ODI against England in Chennai. Goswami began England’s route as he picked opener Caroline Atkins’ wicket. She then caught Lucy Pearson in front of the stumps as England crashed for just 106 at Chennai.

Goswami finished with an impressive debut figure of 2/15 before India’s top order finished the job. She continued tormenting the English top order as well, finishing with the figures of 3/8 in her quota of five overs. Goswami soon established herself as a mainstay in the Indian National Women’s Cricket team.

In 2005, she was named in the squad for the Women’s World Cup, South Africa. Later in December the same year, she picked 5 for 16 in Silchar as India sunk England to 50 all out. She went on to pick five or more wickets in an innings once again in 2011 against New Zealand women at Southgate.


Jhulan Goswami made her test debut soon after her ODI debut in January 2002. On her second test against South Africa at Paarl, she finished with 4 wickets. Jhulan is an equally invaluable player for the test team as well. In fact, Jhulan has an average of less than 20 in Test bowling.

Jhulan was not bad with the bat in test cricket. The Bengal player has scored two half-centuries of India in test cricket. Incidentally, both of them have come against England away. As the Indian women’s team rarely plays Test matches, Goswami has managed to compete in only ten Tests over a 16-years of an illustrious career.

The zenith of her Test performance came against England at Taunton in 2006, where she took five wickets in each inning and finished with match figures of 10 for 78 to help India to a famous series victory. For the Indian team, that was a first test series win against England, in England.

That year was marked by another highlight when she won the ICC Women’s Player of the Year 2007. Goswami has 40 Test wickets in her name in 10 matches.

Jhulan Goswami World Cup Career

Goswami made her debut in the Women’s World Cup in South Africa, 2004. Her debut world cup went fairly well as she picked 13 wickets in 8 games. She took two four wickets haul- against England and the West Indies.

Goswami was also a part of the 2009 and 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup. In the 2009 World Cup in Australia, she finished with a slightly lesser 4 wickets in 7 matches. In 2013, she had a better campaign. India, as hosts faltered and fell out of the group stage. Goswami picked 9 wickets in 4 matches as India finished 7th.

Later in 2017, she guided the Indian team to the finals of the Women’s ODI World Cup final, before going down in the finals against hosts England. In that, she took 3 wickets for only 23 runs in 10 overs to limit the host’s total to 228/7. However, England went on to narrowly win the trophy by 9 runs.

Jhulan Goswami family

Jhulan Goswami was born on 25 November 1982 to Jharna and Nishit Goswami in Chakdaha. Her parents, Nishit and Jharna, wanted her to focus on her studies, rather than playing ‘male’ sports of cricket.

“Initially my mum and dad were a bit reluctant about me taking up cricket. But I had already decided that I wanted to be a cricketer.” She also has a younger brother named Kunal.

As of 2020, Jhulan Goswami is unmarried. In an interview in 2017, Goswami expressed that she was focused on her game, and she ” can’t devote time to a relationship as I won’t be able to do justice to it.”

Jhulan Goswami Awards and Achievements

  • Fastest Bowler in the world
  • ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, 2007
  • Captain of Indian Cricket Team between 2008 and 2011
  • Arjuna Award 2010
  • Padma Shri 2012
  • Leading International Wicket Taker
  • Castrol Awards, Mumbai

Jhulan Goswami Movie 

Talks on a Jhulan Goswami have been since 2017. In fact, she herself said on 19 September 2017 that a biopic on her is in the scripts, the working title of which is Chakdaha Express. It was reported the movie was to be directed by Sushanta Das.

The movie will trace Goswami’s journey from the Vivekananda Park nets in Kolkata to the Lord’s cricket ground in London. In 2020, Anuskha Sharma was spotted in an old Indian jersey with Jhulan Goswami in Kolkata’s stadium and thus, giving rise to an idea of the title cast in the movie.

Jhulan Goswami Playing Style

Despite her towering frame and height of almost 6 feet, she is known for her athleticism and pace. In fact, she uses her unusual height to her advantage, generating bouncers. She is also known for her pace and is widely regarded as the fastest active bowler – an incredible feat, especially considering that she is an all-rounder. The Fastest ball of Jhulan Goswami is argued by many to be either 125 km/h to 130 km/h.

Some Interesting Facts about Jhulan Goswami

  • Does Jhulan Goswami smoke: Not Known
  • Does Jhulan Goswami drink alcohol: Not Known
  • Her interest in cricket grew when she watched the 1992 Cricket World Cup on TV. Before cricket, she was fond of Football.
  • She was volunteering at the ball-girl in the 1997 Women’s World Cup final match. Goswami was fascinated by such legend cricketers on the ground and made up her mind to be a cricketer one day.
  • She averaged below 22 in both Test and ODI format and was economical as well, for which, Jhulan received ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2007 from M.S. Dhoni. Jhulan Goswami receiving an award from MS Dhoni
  • After Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Jhulan became the world’s fastest woman bowler. She has got the wrists to bowl consistently at about 120kph. Jhulan Goswami bowling
  • As of March 2017, the most numbers of her wickets in ODI matches, she has taken against England Women team (more than 40 wickets) with an average of just 18.64.
  • In August 2018, she announced her retirement from women T20 International cricket.
  • In September 2018, she took the 300th wicket in the International Cricket.
  • Jhulan has also served as a bowling consultant for India women’s national cricket team.

Jhulan Goswami FAQ’s

Who is Jhulan Goswami?

Jhulan Goswami (born 25 November 1982) is an Indian international cricketer and the former captain of the Indian national women’s cricket team. 

What is Jhulan Goswami age?

Currently, Jhulan Goswami is 38 years old.

What is Jhulan Goswami’s salary?

Rs. 50 Lakh per annum (A grade contract)

Is Jhulan Goswami married?

No, currently Jhulan Goswami is not married.


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