Jhulan Goswami is one of the best pacers India has ever produced. The veteran of 203 ODIs has 253 wickets to her name – the highest of any women’s cricketer. The pacemaker has a knack for making breakthroughs with the new ball in hand, and she also perfected bowling with the old ball. One of her most memorable came when Jhulan threw one of the best deliveries in women’s cricket – an absolute jaffa to beat Meg Lanning in the semi-finals of the 2017 Women’s World Cup.
Jhulan will pull down the curtains on her illustrious career on Saturday as he plays her final ODI against England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. It is fitting that Jhulan would play her last game at Lord’s as it is the second best venue to play the last game after her home ground of Eden Gardens.
So, how does Jhulan see her impact in women’s cricket and how does she look back on playing alongside another strongman – Mithali Raj? The 39-year-old answered it all during Friday’s virtual press conference ahead of the third and final ODI against England.
“Well, you know what when I started, I never thought much about playing. It was an amazing experience, I enjoyed and learned every moment. Obviously Mithali and I have been playing together since U19 days, we had a great relationship both on and off the pitch But it just took Team India to a different level than it was and today it’s completely different That’s a journey we believed we can change the face of women’s cricket we believed we could be in the top three-four teams in the world and it was a one-day process, it was a lengthy process,” Jhulan said while answering an NDTV question at a virtual press conference.
“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 great experience. Everyone loved every moment and we put a lot of effort into it.”
“I’m very lucky, I never thought about it. Coming from Chakdah, I had no idea about women’s cricket and how professional drafting works. I’m lucky, thanks to my family and parents they have always supported me. It was a great experience for me,” she added.
When asked if there is a moment that will stay with her forever, Jhulan said: “When I started it was different. At that time we represented the Women’s Cricket Association of India and now we are under the BCCI umbrella. happiness; every time BCCI support us and they always come forward to support us. At the same time, the best memory, when I received my captain’s maiden India cap, was an amazing feeling. That first time bowling, that was the most “It was an important moment in my life. I have always dreamed of playing for the country. In 1997 I saw the Women’s World Cup final for the first time in Eden Gardens, between Australia and New Zealand.”
“I was a ball girl before that game, and then I dreamed that I would represent my country for the first time. That’s how I started, representing the country is the greatest moment of my life,” she continued.
The Women’s IPL will most likely start from next year. When asked if she sees herself playing the tournament, Jhulan said: “At this point, I have not made a decision yet, as so far the Women’s IPL has not been officially announced. We are hopeful that it will come in the coming season. we are waiting for the official announcement and then I will decide. At the moment I am finishing my career in international cricket. I have enjoyed every time.”
When asked if she regrets her career, the 39-year-old replied: “Regret in that sense, I have played two World Cup finals. The team. Every individual works for that goal, we played 2-3 finals, but we were unable to win, this is such a regret I have. But from where I look, the women’s cricket chart has only gone up. This group of Indian cricketers will take this Indian cricket to the next level.”