THE TIGER FROM BENGAL : JHULAN GOSWAMI

Born to an Indian middle class Bengali family, Jhulan was expected to adhere to the typical activities her parents encouraged her to do besides her education- dancing or singing.

However, once the little girl witnessed Sachin Tendulkar in the 1992 cricket world cup final, the thought of representing her country in the future was forever etched into her mind.

On realising that their 15 year old was ready to take up a career full of uncertainty, her parents were obviously displeased, moreover, the long 80 km journey from their hometown Chakdah to the cricket academy in Kolkata proved to be a tedious job.

It was only when she met her coach, Swapan Shadhu that he managed to convince her parents, and since then, it was as if the world opened up a thousand opportunities for Goswami, as she went from being a ball girl at the 1997 Women’s cricket world cup, watching Belinda Clark’s magnificent double century, to herself bowling to the world’s best batsmen.

Jhulan Goswami made her debut at the age of 19 in 2002, and five years later, was named the ICC Women’s cricketer of the year. The very next year, she began captaining the Indian side, which she led until 2011, receiving the Padma Shri the following year.

If that was not enough, she peaked as the world’s fastest bowler, and is currently the world’s highest wicket taker in WODIs.

From playing in the nets at Vivekananda Parks to playing a World Up final at the iconic Lords, Jhulan Goswami is a name synonymous with Women’s cricket in India, and now coaching another generation of upcoming cricketers, Goswami continues her unstoppable contribution to cricket in every way.

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