October 3, 2022
Jhulan Goswami Retirement – England Vs India ODI 2022

It was a press conference unlike any other in Indian women’s cricket. Jhulan Goswami, who is set to play his last international match on Saturday, had more journalists than usual to meet him, virtually, of course. The questions ranged from her favorite memories and regrets to the big one: What next. And Goswami showed the patience of a fast bowler who has worked hard for 20 years while dealing with him.

“For the last two years, I was thinking that every series could be my last, especially with the Covid-19 postponing cricket to 2021,” Goswami said. “I was going through a lot of injuries. I was taking it series after series. After that [2022 ODI] The World Cup I thought maybe the Sri Lanka tour would be my last. But during the World Cup, I got injured and I was not fit enough to tour Sri Lanka. This is the last ODI series before the T20 World Cup (February 2023) and so I thought I would go to the NCA. [National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru]Do a lot of rehab and come back to England for my last series.”

Goswami was part of two 50-over World Cup finals – in 2005 and again in 2017, when India lost by just nine runs. The veteran pacer said not winning the World Cup was a pity but hoped that the current group of players will go the distance.

“If we had won one of them [two World Cup finals]It would have been great for Team India and women’s cricket,” she said. “It is the ultimate goal for every athlete. When you work so hard you prepare for four years and if you win the trophy it is like a dream come true. Unfortunately we played three finals including T20 [World Cup in 2020] But could not win the final. This has hurt sentiments and it is a regret.”

Goswami has been a constant feature despite the changing landscape of Indian women’s cricket, and will end her two-decade-long career at Lord’s.
She is not yet sure about playing the women’s IPL, which is expected to take place in March 2023.

“Let’s [women’s IPL] The announcement is made officially, and then I will decide.” She added, “At this point, I am finishing my career from international cricket.

“You will get injured and that is when your character requires that you come back every time you fall down. I then thought it would have been better if I hadn’t been a fast bowler. I wished I should have been a batsman.” I don’t get hurt that much”

Jhulan Goswami

“When I started, I never thought of playing for so long. In those days we used to represent WCAI (Women’s Cricket Association of India), and after 2006, we [have been] Under the umbrella of BCCI. I used to take a two and a half hour one-way train journey chucklinglyTrain and go back home and then go back to practice the next day. [But the] The best memory was when I represented India…getting my India cap from my captain [Anjum Chopra] And bowled the first over of his career. That was the most important moment of my life.
“As a ball girl in the 1997 Women’s World Cup, I watched the final between Australia and New Zealand at the Garden of Eden, and that day I dreamed that one day I could represent my country. That’s how I started and Done a lot. Just trying to represent my country.”

“Nineteen-year-old Jhulan, when she was debuting in Chennai in 2002, was absolutely raw,” she said. “She just wanted to bowl fast and take a wicket because she didn’t know whether she would be able to continue or not. She didn’t know whether her performance could be sustained or not. Her aim was just to represent India. . Bowl more fast. The desire to bowl fast has always remained in me.”

When Goswami was starting out, Indian women mainly played 50-over cricket and four-day first-class cricket. However, with T20s being used as the vehicle to drive women’s cricket around the world, the days of cricket gradually fell out of the calendar. As a result, the way bowlers prepare now is quite different from that.

“As a bowler, cricket is changing day by day and there is more pressure on bowlers due to restrictions and how you prepare is important,” Goswami said. “You have to be skilled and it requires player as well as team effort. You can’t decide whether you will play for the next 10-12 years. You have to go season by season. You have to be fit, You have to be very strong to take the mental and physical pressure, and give in tough conditions. Now the girls are very professional and there are a lot of good bowlers in this team. I hope the current group plays for a long time.”

Goswami’s career had its share of injuries. She joked that she could have been better if she had been a batsman.

“Whenever I got injured, I realized I would miss the series, [and some] Matchbox [and] I had to sit back and not participate.” He added, “But that’s what a fast bowler is all about. You will get injured and that is when you need your character to come back every time you fall. Then I thought it would have been better if I had not been a fast bowler. Then I wished that I should have become a batsman. I don’t get hurt that much.”

India sealed the three-match ODI series against England – in the process registering their first series win over the hosts in England since 1999 – setting the stage for Goswami’s grand exit. A good personal show would be the icing on the cake.

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