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The most-awaited teaser for ‘Chakda Xpress’ finally dropped, with Anushka Sharma starring as Jhulan Goswami, a fierce player, the former capt… Read More
The Anushka Sharma-starrer teaser of ‘Chakda Xpress’ dropped with cricket fans eagerly waiting to watch the biopic. While the reactions over the leading cast are divided, it made everyone reminiscent of the time when the iconic Jhulan Goswami first debuted in international cricket. She is the inspiration behind the film. The right-arm speedster led the Indian women’s national cricket team from 2008-2011. Her cricketing career is both gut-wrenching and inspiring. Goswami chose the sport during a time when cricket was not considered a lucrative career option for women. From lack of facilities to gender discrimination, you name it, the cricketer dealt with all and proved her mettle time and again. Born in Chakdaha in the Nadia district of West Bengal, Goswami grew up being a football fan. However, her interest shifted to cricket when she watched the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Goswami was further inspired after watching Australian batter Belinda Clark in the 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Since her hometown did not have any cricket facilities at the time, Goswami travelled to Kolkata to play cricket. And the journey was not easy! Yet, she surpassed it all. After finishing her training in Kolkata, Goswami was called up to the Bengal women’s cricket team. At age of 19, she made her international debut in 2002 and in one-day International match against England in Chennai. Ever since then, she never looked back. Over the last 20 years, Goswami featured in more than 200 international matches and scalped 340 wickets. Apart from her incredible bowling, she is also known to be a batter having three international half-centuries to her name. Throughout her illustrious career, Goswami has broken many records including being the bowler to take the highest wickets in the form of LBW in women’s ODIs. In 2007, she won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, the first Indian woman to ever win the coveted award. The cricketer also won the Arjuna Award in 2010 and Padma Shri in 2012, for her impeccable contributions to the sport. Here’s to more legends like Jhulan Goswami, who inspire us to achieve our dreams. With the biopic hitting the screens soon, it is a perfect testament to her contributions to the cricketing world. These photos of the cricket icon will surely give you all the feels!
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