On Tuesday, Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of the Indian Women’s team, confirmed the retirement of Jhulan Goswami. Kaur even said that “nobody can fill her shoes” as Goswami’s passion for the game is incomparable. However, she also confirmed to pay a glamorous tribute to the veteran pacer. It will be on September 24 at Lord’s against England in the third well as the final ODI. Before departing for their white ball series, Kaur told in a media interaction,
“She goes to every game with the same kind of passion which is unmatched, nobody can beat that.”
Nobody can fill in her shoes: Harmanpreet Kaur
Kaur recalled some of her memories with Jhulan Goswami. In 2009, Kaur debuted under Goswami’s captaincy against Pakistan. The legendary pacer has a world record of 252 wickets in her bag. She secured the number from 201 ODIs. Not only that, she is the only bowler to have more than 200 ODI wickets.
While recalling the memories with Goswami, Kaur said,
“When I made my debut she was the captain, it’s a great opportunity for me that I would be leading the side when she would be playing her last ODI. When I entered the team, she was the one who was leading from the front. I’ve learnt a lot from her. Nobody can fill in her shoes.
“She’s someone who always puts in the same kind of effort, bowling two-three hours. She still puts in the same kind of hard work she used to during her early days… I’ve never seen her make any changes to her practice regimen.
“You hardly see any bowler doing like that, or even at the nets while batting… Nobody can bring that passion she has for cricket.
“As a cricketer and a person, I’ve learnt a lot from her. She’s a great example for all of us. There are many back home who have grown up watching her and then took up the sport.”
However, Goswami played her last ODI during the World Cup in New Zealand. It was in the month of March. However, her side strain issue benched her during the match against South Africa. Not only that, she missed the Sri Lanka tour for the same reason, in July.
The team will give their best to make it memorable for Jhulan Goswami: Harmanpreet Kaur
Goswami however played her last T-20 in 2018. She was in the whites in 2021’s March.
Goswami has at least represented in 12 Tests, 68 T20I, and 201 ODIs. She even played in six World Cups.
After the CWG show at Birmingham, the Indian team will gear up for a fresh start. They will be starting their tour with three T20s assigned from 9th September.
After that India will be playing three ODIs at Hove (September 18), and Canterbury (September 21). Finally, they will assemble at the Lord’s for the final ODI.
Harmanpreet Kaur however, said that the team will give their best to make it a memorable day for Goswami. She said,
“We are talking about it being her last tournament. It would be very special for her and for us. We would try to create some great moments for her so she can go back with some special memories.”
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