Jhulan Goswami is one of the best rhythm machines India has ever made. The 203 ODI veteran, has 253 players to her name – the tallest of any female cricketer. The catcher has a knack for breaking through with the new ball in her hand, and she’s also well done with the bowling action with the old ball. One of her most memorable was when Jhulan threw one of the best serves in women’s cricket – an absolute hit for a better result. Meg Lanning in the semi-finals of the 2017 Women’s World Cup.
Jhulan will bring the curtain down on her illustrious career on Saturday when he plays her final ODI against England at the Lord Cricket Ground. It’s fitting that Jhulan will play her final game in Lord, as it’s the second-best venue to play her final after her home in Eden Gardens.
So how does Jhulan see her impact on women’s cricket and how does she look back on playing alongside another formidable opponent – Mithali Raj? The 39-year-old answered all during Friday’s virtual press conference ahead of his third and final ODI game against England.
“Well, you know when I started, I never thought I would play for such a long time. It was a great experience, every moment I enjoyed and I learned. Obviously, me and Mithali have been playing together since our U19 days, we have a great relationship both on and off the pitch, but it just takes Team India to a different length than it used to be. yes and today it’s completely different It’s been a journey, we believe we can change the face of women’s cricket, We believe we can make it to the top three or four teams in the world and it’s a one-day process, it’s a long process,” Jhulan said while answering NDTV’s question during a virtual press conference.
“We spent a lot of hours discussing everything, we went through a lot of ups and downs, we always believed in our abilities and it was a great experience. Everyone enjoyed each and every day. moment and we put in a lot of effort.”
“I’m so lucky, I never thought about it. Coming from Chakdah, didn’t have any idea about women’s cricket and how to set it up professionally. I’m lucky thanks to my family and parents, they always support me. It was a great experience for me,” she added.
When asked if there is a moment that will always stay with her, Jhulan said: “When I started it was different. In those days we used to represent the women’s cricket association of India and now now, we are under the umbrella of BCCI We are lucky; everytime BCCI supports us and they always come to support us Also, best memory, when I received the Indian hat First time from my captain is a great feeling First time bowling, it’s the best moment The most important moment in my life I always dreamed of playing for my country 1997, my first time I got to watch the Women’s World Cup final at Eden Gardens, between Australia and New Zealand.”
“I was a girl playing in that game, and then I dreamed that for the first time I could represent my country. That’s how I started, representing the country was the big moment. best of my life,” she added.
The female IPL will most likely start next year. When asked if she sees herself competing in the tournament, Jhulan said: “At the moment, I am undecided because so far, the women’s IPL has not been officially announced. We hope that it does. could come next season. Let’s wait for the official announcement and then I’ll decide. For now, I’m ending my international cricket career. I’ve enjoyed it all the time.”
When asked if she has any regrets in her career, the 39-year-old: “In a sense regret because I’ve played two World Cup finals, if we win at least one, then that would be great for me and each individual worked for that goal, we played 2-3 finals, but we couldn’t win, this is one thing i regret. where I’m looking, the women’s cricket graph just goes up. These Indian cricketers will take this Indian cricket to the next level.”
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