Indian women’s fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has opened up on their loss in the 2017 World Cup final against England. India and England squared off at the Lord’s for the 2017 edition’s tournament-decider where the hosts edged the opposition by nine runs in a low-scoring encounter. Jhulan Goswami admits that India was inept in handling pressure.
Natalie Sciver was the only one to pass 50 for England as they managed 228 in their fifty overs. Keeper Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt came up with 45 and 34 respectively to give their bowlers something to bowl at. Jhulan Goswami was India’s most economical and successful bowler, finishing with figures of 10-3-23-3 while Poonam Yadav chipped in with two scalps.
Jhulan Goswami conceded that the tournament in 2017 was very crucial for us since they did not do well in the previous two editions. However, they lost the match due to their failure in handling the pressure in middle overs. The veteran added that if they get another chance, they would indeed not fluff it. Despite fifties from Poonam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur, the women in blue was not able to cross the finish line.
“That World Cup was very important for all of us because last couple of world cups we did not play well as a team. So definitely we wanted to do well but, unfortunately, the way we lost the match it was really heartbreaking. But if we get a similar opportunity I dont think so that we will do the same mistake. We could not handle the pressure in the middle,” Jhulan Goswami told Sportskeeda.
Jhulan Goswami counts the positives from that tournament:
At the same time, the highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs admitted that after the 2017 tournament, women’s cricket began flourishing in India. Jhulan pointed out that India has played in the finals in the last three World Cups, which signals that women’s cricket is heading in the correct direction and will continue to do so.
“But at the same time the positive thing that we saw was that after the 2017 World Cup womens cricket flourished in our country, People started to watch women’s cricket very keenly. And since 2016-17 the women’s cricket are also performing well consistently. In the last three world cups we played two finals. The progress of women’s cricket after 2017 world cup is in the right direction and it will continue,” she added.