December 5, 2022

Legendary pacer Jhulan Goswami got the honour of tossing for India in their third and final ODI against England at Lord’s in her final international game alongside Harmanpreet Kaur. Though India didn’t gain the toss in their favour and have been asked to bat first, Jhulan was full of appreciation over her international swansong. “I played my first series against England when I began my career in 2002, and I’m ending (my international career) against England in my last series. The fact that we are now leading the series 2-0 is also of utmost importance to me at this time.

The 20-year career has been filled with many emotions, a lot of work, and many opportunities “Jhulan addressed Sky Sports following the coin toss.

Jhulan thought back to the 2017 ODI World Cup final at Lord’s, where she took three wickets while only allowing 23 runs to be scored in her 10 overs. However, it wasn’t enough to prevent India from losing by nine runs. She now believes that, looking back on that match, it helped India begin to take women’s cricket much more seriously. “The best part of the 2017 World Cup was how our team fought back.

Nobody anticipated that we would be in a final at first. However, the way we performed in that competition was unique.
“From there, women’s cricket in India has been steadily growing. We currently have a plan in place to encourage future generations and young girls to participate in sports and to show them that cricket is an option. Jhulan, who has taken 353 international wickets—253 of them in 204 One-Day Internationals, in addition to 12 Tests and 68 Twenty20 Internationals—expressed her gratitude to everyone in her life who helped her have such a long and successful international career.

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“I want to express my gratitude to the BCCI, my friends, my family, my coaches, my teammates, and my captains. Thank you for the chance, everyone; this is a truly unique time. I have to control my emotions since I can’t bring them with me on the cricket field. As a cunning character, I have to show up, play hard cricket, and give it my all (to leave Lord’s on a high).”

(source : IANS)