One of the finest pacer from women cricket, Jhulan Goswami addressed online press conference ahead of her farewell game and officially confirmed that the third and final ODI against England on 24th September will be her last outing of her 20 year long international career.

Jhulan made her debut in international cricket in 2003 against England and she has been face of the Indian women cricket for the last 20 years. The 39 year old pacer has been a part of 203 ODIs picking up 253 wickets -the highest among any women’s cricketer. She has also played 12 tests and 68 T20I for India taking 353 wickets in her overall international career.

The veteran answered it all in Friday’s virtual press conference ahead of the third and final ODI against England. When asked about the BCCI support and is there one moment that will always stay with her, Jhulan said,” When I started, it was different. Those days, we used to represent women’s cricket association of India and now, we are under the umbrella of BCCI. We are fortunate enough; every time BCCI supports us and they always come forward to support us. At the same time, best memory, when I received the maiden India cap from my captain was a wonderful feeling. Bowling that first over, that was the most important moment of my life. I always dreamt of playing for the country. In 1997, first time I saw Women’s World Cup final at Eden Gardens, it was between Australia and New Zealand.”

“I was a ball girl for that match, and then I dreamt that 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 told further.

When asked how it feels to be a part of this sport for more than 20 years and about her relationship with Mithal Raj, she said,” 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 learnt. Obviously, Mithali and I have played together since U19 days, we had a great relation both on and off the field. But it was just bringing Team India to a different length on what it was and today it is completely different. That is a journey, we believed that we can change the face of women’s cricket, we believed that we can in the top three-four teams in the world and it was a one-day process, it was a long-time process.”

“We spent a lot of hours discussing the things, we have gone through a lot of ups and downs, we always believed in our ability and it was a great experience. Everybody enjoyed every moment and we put in a lot of effort.”

“I am very fortunate, I never thought about it. Coming from Chakdah, did not have any idea about women’s cricket and how professional setup works. I am fortunate enough, thanks to my family and parents, they always supported me. It was a great experience for me.” 

The Women’s IPL is most likely to kickstart from next year as Sourav Ganguly hinted few days ago. When asked whether she sees herself playing the tournament, Jhulan said: “As of now, I haven’t decided because so far, the Women’s IPL has not been officially announced. We are hopeful that it might come in the coming season. Let’s wait for the official announcement and then I will decide. At this moment, I am ending my career in international cricket. I have enjoyed every time.”

When asked whether she has any regrets in her career, the 39-year-old: “Regrets in the sense, I have played two World Cup finals, if we had won at least one, then it would have been very nice for me and the team. Every individual works for that goal, we played 2-3 finals, but we were not able to win, this is one such regret I have. But from where I am looking, the graph of women’s cricket has only gone up. This bunch of Indian cricketers will take this Indian cricket to next level.”

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