Jhulan Goswami is a name which has been synonymous with the Indian Women’s cricket team over the last two decades. Check out her retirement.

Jhulan Goswami : Retirement | Farewell match | stats

Goswami is an Indian international cricketer and the former captain of India national women’s cricket team.

Jhulan Goswami : Retirement | Farewell match | stats

Personal information
Full name Jhulan Nishit Goswami
Born 25 November 1982 (age 39)
Chakdaha, West Bengal, India
      Nickname        Babul, Chakda Express
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium-fast
Role Bowler

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. She will be retiring from international cricket after India’s tour of England in 2022.

She won the ICC Women’s Player of the Year award in 2007 and the M.A. Chidambaram trophy for Best Women’s Cricketer in 2011. Goswami was ranked first in the ICC Women’s ODI bowling rankings in January 2016.


India women’s team bowling legend Jhulan Goswami announced her retirement from international cricket on Friday adding that the team’s third and final ODI against England at Lords’ will be her last.

The 39-year-old lanky pacer played 283 international matches during her glittering career while taking 353 wickets.

Jhulan Goswami : Retirement | Farewell match | stats

A bulk of that came in the ODIs as she took 253 wickets in 203 matches in the format. The match at Lords’ on Saturday will be her last.

Addressing media ahead of her farewell game, Goswami revealed she has been thinking about retirement for a while now but mostly injuries kept her from calling it a day.

“Last two years I was thinking every series, each and every series is my last series because of injuries and ups and downs,” said Goswami from Lords’.

“After the World Cup also, I thought maybe Sri Lanka tour will be my last series, but again I got injured in the last match of the World Cup and wasn’t fit enough to travel to Sri Lanka. And this is the last ODI series before the T20 World Cup, so why not this series.”

Making her debut in 2002, Goswami contributed over 20 years of her life to Indian women’s cricket team, which reached three World Cup finals (two ODIs) in what could be rated as the best period in the history of the national team. Earlier this year they also won a historic silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

When asked if she expected her career to sprawl over two decades, Goswami said she feels fortunate to play this sport.

Jhulan Goswami farewell match

India fast bowling legend Jhulan Goswami is playing the final match of her international career today. 

The third and final ODI of a three-match series against England is being held at the iconic Lord’s in London and Jhulan Goswami farewell, ahead of the match, received a memento for an incredible career that saw her setting new milestones in women’s cricket.

Jhulan Goswami : Retirement | Farewell match | stats

While the Indian women cricketers came together for a team huddle to pay tributes to their Jhulan Di before the match got underway, captain Harmanrpeet Kaur who has looked up to the veteran cricketer all through her career, broke down.

During a media interaction on the match eve, Jhulan said the best moment of her career was when she used to walk out of the dressing room and sing national anthem with her teammates in the middle of the ground.

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“Best moment will be walking out of the dressing room and singing the national anthem in the middle of the ground, it is an amazing feeling. Wearing your name on the India jersey will be the best moment of my career. It is the ultimate feeling for me and I always enjoyed those moments,” she said.

Jhulan retires with most wickets in the history of women’s international cricket. With 43 wickets, she also is the leading wicket-taker in women’s world cups as well.


Soon after finishing her training in Kolkata, Goswami was called up to the Bengal women’s cricket team.

At the age of 19, she made her international debut in 2002 in a one-day International Match against England in Chennai. Her Test debut came on 14 January 2002 against England in Lucknow.

Jhulan Goswami : Retirement | Farewell match | stats

Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI    WT20I     
Matches 12 203 68
Runs scored 291 1226 405
Batting average 24.25 14.77 10.94
100s/50s 0/2 0/1 0/0
Top score 69 57 37*
Balls bowled 2,266 9,903 1,351
Wickets 44 253 56
Bowling average 17.36 22.10 21.94
5 wickets in innings 3 2 1
10 wickets in match 1 0 0
Best bowling 5/25 6/31 5/11
Catches/stumpings 5/– 68/– 23/–

Goswami along with Mithali Raj guided Indian Women’s Cricket team to first Test series win in England in 2006–07 season.

During the same season, Goswami helped Indian Women Cricket team to get their first victory against England, making a fifty as nightwatchman in the first Test at Leicester and taking her career best match figures of 10 for 78–5 for 33 and 5 for 45 – in the second test at Taunton.

Later in 2008, she took over the captaincy from Mithali Raj and held till 2011. In 2008, she also became the fourth woman to reach 100 wickets in ODIs at Asia Cup. She led India in 25 ODIs.

She has 40 Test wickets in her name in 10 matches. Overall she has 271 international wickets in 223 games and has scored 1593 runs with three 50s. She is the highest wicket taker in WODIs going past Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick record of 180 wickets.

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By Rishabh

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