Kolkata: India eves' captain Jhulan Goswami couldn't believe her ears when she was informed about being the proud recipient of the Padma Shri award.

Jhulan was bowling at the NCA, Bangalore where India's preparatory camp for the upcoming West Indies series was being held and the news came out of the blue for the small town girl from Chakdah in Nadia district of Bengal.

"I could not believe my ears, when I got a call informing me about this development. But then I was flooded with congratulatory calls and the feeling gradually sunk in," Jhulan said.

The premier fast bowler of the women's team said that he didn't have any clue whatsoever that the sports ministry has send his name for the Padma awards.

"I did not have an iota of clue when my name was recommended from the union sports ministry. It's really a big honour. Getting recognition from the government is something really big."

Jhulan has not looked back ever since she made her international debut in 2002. She became only the second cricketer, the first Indian, to win the ICC International Women's Player of 2007 and three years later she was bestowed with Arjuna Award.

Two years later after that, Jhulan clinched a hattrick of sorts by winning the Padma Shri.

(Agencies)