Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami (Image Credit: Twitter)

Veteran Indian speedster Jhulan Goswami feels that the series against New Zealand ahead of the Women’s World Cup 2022 will be a “great preparation” for the team.

Pacer Goswami who is the highest wicket-taker in the history of women’s One Day Internationals (ODI) was included in India’s squad for the upcoming World Cup. This also might be her last major ICC event as she is already 39-year-old.

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WORCESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Jhulan Goswami of India Women bowls during the Women's Third One Day International (ODI) match between England and India at New Road on July 03, 2021 in Worcester, England (Photo by Ashley Allen - ECB/ECB via Getty Images)
Jhulan Goswami. (Photo by Ashley Allen – ECB/ECB via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the ODI series between India and New Zealand will commence on February 11 and the 18-member India squad, including three reserve players, is expected to leave for New Zealand on January 24.

Goswami feels that the series against New Zealand will help the players to adapt to the windy conditions and get familiar with the pitches in the country.

We are getting to play NZ before the World Cup, which is great preparation. It will help us get used to the conditions and weather,” Jhulan told PTI after being named Legends League Cricket ambassador.

“It is very windy there and we as cricketers need some time to adjust to the conditions. We as bowlers find it tough to bowl against the wind initially.”

“Those five games will allow us to get familiar with the pitches and the weather. All matches are going to be important. We have a squad of 18 if we want to rotate our players before the World Cup (that can be done in the ODI series),” she added.

Now Cases Are Rising Again Worldwide, We Are A Bit Scared About Traveling Too – Jhulan Goswami

Anushka Sharma and Jhulan Goswami (Photo-Twitter)
Anushka Sharma and Jhulan Goswami (Photo-Twitter)

Pacer Jhulan Goswami also said that the main priority for her is the World Cup and after that, she will think about anything else. She mentioned that the Covid-19 cases are once again rising across the globe and they are “a bit scared about travelling”.

Well, at this moment the World Cup is a priority. We have to go and play good cricket. That is the most important thing. Last four years we have been preparing for this and unfortunately, it was postponed. Now the focus is only on this. After World Cup, we will see about something else.”

“Now cases (COVID) are rising again worldwide. We are a bit scared about travelling too. When we reach NZ, we can’t make any excuses. We will be judged only on our performance,” she said.

Smriti Mandhana and Jhulan Goswami
Smriti Mandhana and Jhulan Goswami. Credits: Twitter

Indian women’s will face off Pakistan in their first World Cup game on March 6. Meanwhile, Goswami has said that the team’s focus is not on any individual team and they need to perform well against each and every side.

We are not thinking about any individual team since it is a World Cup. We have to do all well in matches and prepare for all teams,” she added.

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