India’s veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has welcomed BCCI Secretary Jay Shah’s announcement of a one-off Test match against England later this year. On Monday evening, Jay Shah proclaimed on account of International Women’s day that India and England women will clash in a Test later in 2021. Jhulan Goswami has thanked the BCCI for realizing how much the red-ball format means to them.
India’s women’s outfit last played a Test match way back in November 2014, coming against South Africa in Mysore, which they won by an innings and 34 runs. Women’s Test matches have indeed dried out today, with England and Australia being the only ones to play the format. India and England last played in red-ball cricket in August 2014 and Goswami was part of that game, while amongst active players, Mithali Raj is the only one to feature in ten or more tests.
Jhulan Goswami underlined that the entire team is excited to participate in a Test match since it is the format in which they want to play and thrive in. The right-arm fast bowler also stated that Test cricket is a massive challenge, involving plenty of mental and physical strength as it changes every session. She thanked the BCCI for understanding how much the format means to them and they are thoroughly looking forward to the same.
“We are all excited because Test cricket or days’ match is one thing you, as a cricketer, wanted to play, wanted to go out there and perform well. It involves a lot of challenge – from your mental strength to your physical strength. The game changes every session. We are all looking forward to it. Thanks to the BCCI they understood that this format is also important for us. I would like to thank them for taking it up, bringing Test cricket back for India,” Goswami said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
Jhulan Goswami delivers a match-winning bowling spell against South Africa in the second ODI:
After bagging figures of 10-1-38-2 in the first ODI in Lucknow, Jhulan Goswami bounced back with yet another spell, which was worth gold. The 38-year old took four wickets in ten overs for 42 runs to skittle the tourists for 157 only. Following that, half-centuries from Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut drove India to a nine-wicket win and levelled the series.