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Jhulan Goswami Bows: End of a Glorious Chapter in Indian Women’s Cricket

“I played two World Cup finals but couldn’t win the trophy. That remains my only regret because you are preparing for the World Cup for four years.

“We are working hard. For any cricketer, it is a dream come true to win a World Cup,” said Jhulan Goswami during a virtual press conference before the match.

Jhulan is undoubtedly one of the best pacers India has ever produced. Jhulan will retire from international cricket on Saturday (September 24) as the Indian team face England in the final and third game of the three-match ODI series.

The legendary Indian fast bowler has represented the country in 12 Tests, 68 T20I and 203 ODIs. She took 44 wickets in Tests, 253 wickets in Women’s ODI and 56 wickets in Women’s T20I.

The legendary pacesetter said she is lucky enough to play this sport as she comes from a small town where no one knows about women’s cricket.

“When I started, I never thought of playing for so long. It was a great experience. I am lucky enough to practice the sport.

“Frankly, coming from a humble background and a small town like Chakdah (in the Nadia district of West Bengal), I knew nothing about women’s cricket,” said the legendary pacer.

Speaking about her journey, Jhulan said that receiving the India cap was one of the most special moments of her journey.

“My best memory is when I got the India cap and threw the first one, because I never thought (I would play for India).

The journey was difficult because I had to travel for two and a half hours on the local train every day for training,’ said Jhulan.

About the moment that will stay with her forever, Jhulan said: “When I started, it was different. We used to represent the Women’s Cricket Association of India and now we are under the BCCI umbrella.

“We are lucky; every time BCCI supports 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 about bowling, that was the most important moment of my life. I have always dreamed of playing for the country. In 1997, the first time I saw the Women’s World Cup final at Eden Gardens, it was between Australia and New Zealand,” she added.

“I was a ball girl before that match 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.

At the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup, Goswami tied the record for most wickets in tournament history when she took her 39th wicket.

The veteran pacer made her international debut in 2005 and since then she has represented India in five World Cups. She represented India ICC Women’s World Cup in 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2022.

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