ENGW vs INDW- Eager to give a fitting farewell to retired Jhulan Goswami at Lord’s, says Harmanpreet Kaur
India women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur wants to bid farewell to veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami by winning a “special” final ODI against England at the prestigious Lord’s on Saturday. Goswami, 39, is set to bid for the game at the end of the ongoing tour of England after an illustrious career spanning two decades, and Harmanpreet feels a series sweep would be the perfect gift for the pacer. The last time Indian women won an ODI series in England was in 1999 when they won 2-1.
“Lord’s game is very special for us because it is Jhulan’s retirement and we wanted to enjoy that game without any pressure and I am really happy that we were able to win today and now we can have fun in that game. The India captain said after thrashing hosts England by 88 runs to win the series at home after 23 years.
“It is very important (win) because that will be his last game. It will be a very emotional moment for all of us and we definitely want to win that game,” Harmanpreet said.
“Also, having won the series now we just want to have fun because I know it’s the last game for him.” The captain said that Goswami has been a true inspiration to all the players including himself.
Harmanpreet, who made her ODI debut at the 2009 World Cup under Goswami, said, “He is someone who taught us a lot.”
“She was a leader when I debuted and I learned a lot from her and now our young bowlers, like Renuka (Singh) and Meghna Singh, they are also learning from her. They are learning how she bowls and from her. She is gaining momentum. She has been a big inspiration to all of us and we have learned a lot from her.” Harmanpreet, who played a sensational unbeaten 143 off 111 balls on Wednesday night, said that with the series already sealed, India will play freely at Lord’s.
“When you win the first game, the second game is always important and we always try to finish that game as the winning side and even today (Wednesday) we were looking at it just because we didn’t have any extras. Don’t want to take the pressure. Going to Lord’s myself,” he said.
The third ODI will be the first time the two sides play at Lord’s since their meeting in the 2017 World Cup final, which England won by nine runs.
Harmanpreet, who took over as the full-time captain after veteran Mithali Raj retired earlier this year, said she enjoys the leadership role.
“Today (Wednesday) was an important win because everyone went ahead. I always enjoy the lead because I’m always in the game and it feels good. When I was batting, during the first 50 runs, it All was not that easy.” England stand-in captain Amy Jones said the current series against India is a good learning experience for their young bowlers.
“Every defeat is tough and they got away with the bat at the end. Harman batted very well. We didn’t get close enough, didn’t get the partnership. He’s very difficult to bowl to, and for our young talent, it’s a good one. Lessons learned,” she said.
Wherever we bowled, she was looking for boundaries. There are many senior players missing, it is about giving opportunities to the youngsters and Lord’s is another step in that direction. There is a lot to play as there are still points to play for.
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