Harmanpreet confirmed that Goswami’s third and final game of the India tour will be Saturday’s last before retiring from international cricket after a career spanning two decades.
“When you win the first game, the second game is always important and we always try to finish that game as a winning side and today we just looked at that too because we don’t want to put any extra pressure on ourselves to go to Lord’s,” he said. Harmanpreet.
“The Lord’s game is very special to us because it’s Jhulan’s retirement and we wanted to enjoy that game without any pressure and I’m very happy that we were able to win today and now we can just have fun in that game.”
“It is very important [to win] because that will be her last game,” Harmanpreet added. “It will be a very emotional moment for all of us and we definitely want to win that game.
“Besides, after winning the series, we just want to have fun now, because I know this is the last game for her.”
Goswami, 39, was named in the Indian squad for the three ODIs in England after missing the previous 50-over series in Sri Lanka in July. She previously played for India at the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand in March, where she missed India’s final group match against South Africa with a side injury.
All that made for a farewell tour of England where she has taken one wicket from two matches so far and where her presence, Harmanpreet said, had been invaluable as India looks forward to building the experience of their younger seam bowlers.
“She is someone who has taught us a lot,” said Harmanpreet who made her ODI debut at the 2009 World Cup when Goswami was captain. “When I debuted she was a leader and I learned a lot from her and now from our young bowlers like Renuka [Singh] and Meghna Singh, they too learn from her. They learn how to bowl and get that rhythm from her. She is a great inspiration to all of us and we learned a lot from her.”