The Chakadha Express is not going to be stopped, ever!
Padma Shri Smt. Jhulan Nishit Goswami, born in Chakdaha, West Bengal, India, is known for her fiery and disciplined bowling. The highest wicket taker in the history of one-day cricket, Jhulan Goswami, with 255 wickets, has started her journey in a place where there were no facilities for cricket!
Jhulan Goswami was awarded Top civilian Award-Padma Shri in year 2012 by the then President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil at Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s palace) in New Delhi,
Jhulan Goswami at bowling run-up
At the age of 15, she took up cricket. Coming from a middle-class family in India, a woman taking up cricket as a career and achieving great heights is a testament to her parents’ never-ending support and her dedication towards the sport!
Jhulan Goswami had to travel to Kolkata, 68 kilometres away from Chakdaha, every time she wanted to practise in a field. This is because, during those days, Chakdaha didn’t have cricket facilities.
At the age of 19, she made her international debut in 2022 in a one-day international (ODI) match against England in Chennai. She has 353 wickets to her credit (one day, test, and T20 together) and still remains the highest wicket taker in ODI history with 255 wickets in 204 matches.
Jhulan Goswami led the Indian Women’s Cricket Team to its first Test Series win in England in the 2006–07 season.
Indias famous test series
India’s famous test series win against England with Jhulan Goswami taking two fifers (5-wicket haul) in both the innings with figures of 1st Innings
Overs-13 Maidens-4 Runs-33 Wickets-5
Overs-36.2 Maidens-21 Runs-45 Wickets-5
(Source: Full Scorecard of India vs ENG Women 2nd Test 2006 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com)
The fast bowler has also taken the most wickets in the ICC Women’s World Cup (43).
A 40-year living legend from West Bengal retired after playing cricket for over 20 years. Jhulan Goswami’s journey, from a small town called Chakdah in West Bengal to winning the Padma Shri and many other great accolades in the world of cricket, has been a fulfilling one.
The great team player who never shied away from accepting responsibility to help India achieve glory is now serving as bowling consultant for India’s women’s cricket team.
Goswami was ranked first in the ICC Womens ODI bowling rankings in January 2016