“Always believed we could change the face of women’s cricket”: Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami is one of the best pacers India has ever produced. A veteran of 203 ODIs, she has 253 wickets to her name – the most by any female cricketer. The fast bowler has a knack for finding success with the new ball, and has also accomplished the task of bowling with the old ball. One of her most memorable came when Jhulan bowled one of the best balls in women’s cricket – an absolute Jaffa to outperform Meg Lanning in the semi-finals of the 2017 Women’s World Cup.
Jhulan will unveil her illustrious career as she plays her final ODI against England at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday. It is true that Jhulan will play his final match at Lord’s, as it is the second best venue to play his final match after his home ground, Eden Gardens.
So, how does Jhulan see her impact in women’s cricket and how does she look back to play alongside another legend – Mithali Raj? The 39-year-old answered this in Friday’s virtual press conference ahead of the third and final ODI against England.
“Well, you know when I started, I never thought of playing for so long. It was a wonderful experience, I enjoyed every moment and I learned. Obviously, Mithali and I Having played together since the days of U19, we had a great relationship both on and off the field. But it was taking Team India to a different length and today it is completely different. It is a journey, we believed That we can change the face of women’s cricket, we were confident that we could be among the top three-four teams in the world and it was a one-day process, it was a long process,” Jhulan told NDTV during a virtual press conference. Responding to a question, he said.
“We spent a lot of hours discussing things, we went through a lot of ups and downs, we always believed in our ability and it was a wonderful experience. Everyone enjoyed every moment and we put in a lot of effort.”
“I’m so lucky, I never thought about it. Coming from Chakdah, had no idea about women’s cricket and how the professional setup works. I’m lucky enough, thanks to my family and parents “He always supported me. It was a great experience for me,” she said.
When asked if there is a moment that will stay with her forever, Jhulan said: “When I started, it was different. In those days, we used to represent the Indian Women’s Cricket Association and now, we are under the umbrella of BCCI. We are very lucky; every time BCCI supports us and they always come forward to support us. Also, the best memory, when I got the first India cap from my captain, was an amazing feeling Bowling that first over, that was the most important moment of my life. I always dreamed of playing for the country. In 1997, I saw the final of the Women’s World Cup at the Eden Gardens for the first time, it was between Australia and New Zealand. was.
She continued, “I was the ball girl for that match, and then I dreamed that I could represent my country for the first time. That’s how I started, representing the country is the biggest moment of my life.”
Women’s IPL is likely to start from next year. Asked if she sees herself playing the tournament, Jhulan said: “As of now, I haven’t decided because as of now, the women’s IPL has not been officially announced. We hope this coming season. I may come. Let’s wait for the official announcement and then I will decide. At this time, I am finishing my career in international cricket. I have enjoyed every time.”
Asked if he has any regrets in his career, the 39-year-old said: “Sorry in that sense, I have played two World Cup finals, if we had won at least one, it would have been great for me. And the team. Everyone works for that goal, we played 2-3 finals but we didn’t win, that’s the only regret I have. But from where I am looking, the graph of women’s cricket has gone up. This bunch of Indian cricketers will take this Indian cricket to the next level.”
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