Updated: Oct 15, 2021
We will never forget her journey from Vivekananda Park nets in Kolkata to the Lord's cricket ground in London.
She is one of the greatest women fast bowlers of all time,
Dear Reader, you guessed it right , It's none other than Jhulan Goswami who was ranked first in the ICC Women's ODI bowling rankings in January 2016
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It's often said, that a career of a pace bowler is short and it's often difficult for pacers to maintain their pace and form in the long run. But breaking these stereotypes, one woman stood tall against all the odds. An inspiration in all possible ways, Jhulan Goswami continues to serve Indian cricket with the same intensity from the past 2 decades.
Born in the small town of Chakdaha in West Bengal , Jhulan took up the sport at the age of 15 idolizing Belinda Clark and her antics in the 1997 women's cricket world cup. The lack of facilities in her hometown didn't stop her determination to play for the country.
In just a matter of 4 years since she took up the sport, she received a national call up from the Women in Blue at the age of 19. Who knew that the 19 old girls will go on the become the best and most successful bowlers in the history of the game.
The duo of Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj ruled world cricket. Their consistency was also responsible for increasing the number of viewers for women's cricket matches. Due to the exceptional performance of the duo, India won the first test series in England in 2006-07. Furthermore, Jhulan was awarded ICC Cricketer of the year award in 2007. Her accolades brought glory to the entire nation and gave numerous occasions for countrymen to celebrate.
The spearhead of Indian bowling also contributed to the Indian batting time and again. In contradiction to her aggression in the bowling, it was her calmness while batting that calmness led Women in Blue to victory on numerous occasions, the last one being the breach of Australia's winning streak which happened in the last week.
While she breathes fire on the field in her bowling, all her teammates and colleagues love her and respect her for her calmness and composure. Her performance opened doors for many young girls to take up bowling. Her admiration amongst her colleagues made the board make her the player-coach of Women In Blue.
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Even today, 19 years after her debut, she continues to be the spearhead of Indian bowling. Being the only bowler to take 200 ODI wickets, she is a highly ranked Cricketer across the globe. The plethora of injuries in her career didn't stop her from resurrecting and performing better every single time she came back from an injury. She continues to inspire generations and will undoubtedly keep doing so for decades to come. A tribute to the best bowler in the world, and the face of pace bowling in the game from Stayfeatured