Premier India women’s pacer, Jhulan Goswami reveals her best moments on the field during her 19-year international career, making her ODI and Test debut in 2002.
Speaking to journalist, Boria Majumdar, she said that the victory over Australia in the semi-final of the 2017 World Cup in England is her favourite moment while playing for India. Australia were the defending champions and favourites ahead of the semi-final. However, middle-order batswoman, Harmanpreet Kaur harrumphed a knock of 171 from 115 balls in a rain-curtailed game.
India defeated Meg Lanning’s side by 36 runs to book a place in the final against hosts, England. Unfortunately, the pressure of the final got the batter of the Indian team and England won the final with a small margin of 9 runs.
People never thought that India could beat Australia: Jhulan Goswami
Goswami points out that nobody gave them a chance against the mighty Aussies as they had a batting depth and some world-class players on their side. However, she recalls, the Indian team riding on the force named Harmanpreet Kaur vaulted Australia’s challenge.
The right-arm pacer says it was not about her – she took important wickets of Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy – but the Indian team played as a collective group while defending the score.
“If you have seen Australian cricket, they are a well superior and well-prepared side. They have batters till No. 9 and No. 10. But we came out and performed in such a way, it was an incredible performance from our team,” Jhulan Goswami told Sports Today.
“It was not just about me, but the entire side performed well. People never thought that India could beat Australia. They were the hot favorite. That match was something different, one of my best moments that World Cup semi-final,” she added.
The 38-year-old also mentions the T20 series victory defeating Australia in Australia as amongst her fondest memories. Goswami asserts that no women’s team has ever won any series in Australia, and she being a part of the side to do that made her feel proud of her achievement.
“One more moment, I remember well, is the 2016 T20 series between India and Australia. We beat Australia in Australia and won the series. That was the first time India won some series from Australia. It had never happened before. That series was also very special. No one gave us the count that India was going to beat Australia. We had just played a few matches (before the series) and with our brilliance and team effort we just matched them,” she added.