Jhulan Nishit Goswami (born 25 November 1982 in Nadia, West Bengal, India) is an all round cricketer who plays for the India national women's cricket team, Bengal Women, East Zone Women as well as the Asia Women XI women's cricket. On 1 February 2009, she was appointed to lead the team for the upcoming world cup.
An integral part of the team, Jhulan is noted for both her batting and bowling (right arm medium) capabilities. She has a Test bowling average of less than 20. In the 2006–07 season she guided the Indian team to first test series win in England.
She won the ICC Women's Player of the Year 2007 and the M.A. Chidambaram trophy for Best Women Cricketer in 2011. Recently she is no more the captain of the Indian Women's Cricket team. She is succeeded by Mitali Raj. Jhulan is first in ICC Women's ODI bowling rankings(January 2016). Jhulan is the leading wicket taker (200) in the history of women ODI cricket.
Goswami is the highest wicket taker in Women's One Day International cricket. In February 2018, against South Africa, she became the first bowler to take 200 wickets in WODIs. She achieved this by taking the wicket of South Africa opener Laura Wolvaardt during the second one-day game of the three-match series at Kimberley. In April 2018, she had an Indian postage stamp issued in her honour.
Jhulan Goswami (Babul/Gozzy-nickname) was born in Nadia district of West Bengal on 25 November 1982. She belongs to a middle-class family in Chakdaha, a small town in Nadia, West Bengal. She took up cricket at the age of 15. Before taking up cricket, she was a fan of football. Her first encounter with cricket was on 1992 when she watched 1992 Cricket World Cup on TV and she was charmed by Belinda Clark’s victory lap after Australia vs New Zealand 1997 Women’s World Cup final live at the stadium. But like all other Indian parents, Jhulan’s parents too wanted her to concentrate more on studies rather than cricket. Jhulan did not stop. As she realised that her love for cricket grew, she took it steps further for cricket training. As her hometown didn’t have any cricket facilities at that time, she had to travel to Kolkata. Her education and cricket made her schedule jam packed yet she continued her hard work. She is also a movie-buff and book-worm besides, cricketer.
Since her teens, she worked hard for cricket. She did her cricket training in Kolkata. Soon, she made her entry in the Bengal cricket team. At the age of 19, she made her India debut in 2002 in an one-day International Match against England in Chennai. Her Test International debut was on 14 January 2002 against England in Lucknow and her T20 debut was on 2006 in Derby.