India Women news January 25, 2012

Jhulan Goswami receives Padma Shri

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jhulan Goswami, India Women's captain, has been conferred with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for her services to sports.

Goswami, 28, is currently the top-ranked bowler in the ICC Women's cricket rankings with 135 wickets in 114 ODIs, and she is the third on the overall all-time wicket-takers list. She made her debut as a 18-year-old and is now widely considered one of the fastest bowlers in women's cricket. In 2010, she received the Arjuna Award, the highest civilian honour for sportspersons.

Goswami is the second India woman cricketer to be awarded the Padma Shri after Diana Edulji, the first Indian Women's captain. She joins the an illustrious list of cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Bishan Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni, to have been conferred with the award.

The awards will be presented by the President of India in a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi later this year.