As India eye their maiden World Cup title, veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami is expected to play an important role if the team are to achieve the target of winning the title. Ageing 39, this might be the very last ICC event that she plays in. Thus winning the title will be the biggest motivation for the side. In the process, coach Ramesh Powar is keeping a close eye on Jhulan’s fitness.
Meanwhile, the coach of the India Women’s cricket team Ramesh Powar expects the veteran to be at the peak of her fitness when the World Cup starts. Jhulan Goswami is part of the 15-member team that will travel to New Zealand this week and play a T20 and five ODIs to prepare for the marquee event.
Jhulan Goswami’s Workload Management Will Be key: Ramesh Powar
“It’s very important that not just Jhulan Goswami, but when you look at the New Zealand series and the World Cup, in all it will be 14 and 15 games. So, we have planned accordingly right from the Australia series. The medical staff of our team is doing a fantastic job and looking after each and every player,” said Powar in the pre-departure virtual press conference.
“There’s always a special eye on Jhulan because we want her to be at her peak when the World Cup starts. So, her workload management will be done as per the games and they (medical team) are doing a fine job with our Indian team,” he added saying.
India will face New Zealand (March 10), West Indies (March 12), England (March 16), Australia (March 19), Bangladesh (March 22), and South Africa (March 27) as some tough matches await the side in the upcoming World Cup.
The Indian team will be playing a T20I and ODI series against New Zealand as a build-up to the World Cup. Powar said that the series against New Zealand will be important in order to gain a sense of the conditions. New Zealand also plays host to the marquee event from March 4 to April 3.
“I think we have tried to fill each and every gap after the England series and are happy with where we stand now. Moving in to New Zealand, we are going to get some experience before the World Cup. We can get acclimatised and I think every gap has been looked at. We will try to maximise the players we have and will try to do good things there” he said.