Good Bye, Jhulan Goswami! Why Indian Legend Deserves A Fitting Farewell

World’s highest wicket-taker is playing her last match on Saturday 

September 24, 2022, marks an unmissable void in women’s cricket. India’s finest pacer, Jhulan Goswami, is bidding farewell to the game. The 39-year-old Bengal-born legend is the highest wicket-taker in international women’s cricket. She has taken 253 ODI wickets from 203 ODIs and has produced several memorable feats in her 20-year-old cricket career.

One major moment came when Jhulan got the better of Meg Lanning in the semifinal of the 2017 Women’s World Cup. The veteran star remains the only bowler to have taken above 200 wickets in ODIs. 

Jhulan will play her final ODI against England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday. An experienced campaigner, Jhulan’s accuracy and consistency helped India gain early breakthroughs over the opposition. Her tidy bowling has also been a valuable asset to the team that lacked resources in the pace department. The 39-year-old played alongside another legend, Mithali Raj who retired after the 2022 World Cup. Jhulan spearheaded the Indian pace attack for two decades. 

Jhulan Goswami talks about her long journey

Jhulan admitted she never thought she would play for a long period. Well, you know what? When I started, I never thought about playing for such a long time. It was a great experience, every moment I have enjoyed, and I have learned,” the Indian pacer said.

The Indian star also added she was fortunate to enter women’s cricket from her small upbringing. “I am very fortunate. I never thought about it. Coming from Chakdah, did not have any idea about women’s cricket and how the professional setup works. I am fortunate enough. Thanks to my family and parents, always supported me. It was a great experience for me,” she added.

The seasoned campaigner also spoke about her experience of playing as a ball girl in 1997. I always dreamt of playing for the country. In 1997, the first time I saw the Women’s World Cup final at Eden Gardens, was between Australia and New Zealand. I was a ball girl for that match, and then I dreamt I might represent my country for the first time. That is how I started. Representing the country is the biggest moment of my life,” she stated.

When asked about regrets, the Indian pacer said she could not win a World Cup, which remains as the only missing element in her long career.

Jhulan in numbers

The Indian pacer played in 12 Tests, bagging 44 wickets. She took part in 68 T20Is to bag 56 scalps. Her economy rate stands at a modest 3.37 per over in ODIs. Jhulan won the Arjuna Award and Padma Shri for her contributions to cricket. The Indian pacer was also part of the 2005 and 2017 World Cup teams that played in the final.  

 

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