She was a leg-spinner and a useful lower order batsman. She represented Maharashtra women’s cricket team in women’s domestic cricket and made her international debut in India women’s cricket team‘s first women’s cricket series against West Indies women’s cricket team in 1976. She bagged a five-wicket haul in the first innings she bowled, a feat she would repeat four more times in the nineteen tests she played in her career.
- 1978 Women’s Cricket World Cup (2 matches)
- 1982 Women’s Cricket World Cup (12 matches)
- 1983/84 Australia Women in India (4 matches)
- 1984/85 New Zealand Women in India (6 matches)
- 1986 India Women in England (3 matches)
Kulkarni captained India in three Test match (one against England and two against Australia) as well as one ODI match against England.
After retirement from Test cricket in 1991, she became a cricket administrator and was the secretary of WCAI when WCAI got merged into BCCI in 2006. Currently, she part of ICC Women’s Cricket Committee representing Asian Cricket Council.