India Women’s team has suffered a huge blow ahead of the upcoming T20 series against South Africa. Their pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami will miss the series due to a heel injury.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the news on Tuesday (February 13). Jhulan will rest for a couple of weeks.The 35-year old will consult a foot specialist before undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.
“Senior India bowler Jhulan Goswami has been ruled out of the T20I series against South Africa Women.Ms Goswami suffered a heel injury and underwent an MRI scan on Monday, February 12, 2018,” stated a release from the Indian board.
“The BCCI Medical Team in consultation with a local doctor felt that she needs rest for a couple of weeks to avoid any further impact on the bone.Upon her return, Ms Goswami will consult a foot expert and will undergo her rehab process at the NCA in Bengaluru,” it added.
Jhulan’s absence will be a big blow for Mithali Raj & Co. The lanky pacer was in fine form in the recently-concluded ODI series against South Africa.
She was the second highest wicket-taker during India’s 2-1 ODI series triumph. During the series, she also became the first woman cricketer to reach the milestone of 200 ODI wickets.
High-flying India will aim to win the upcoming T20 series too. The five-match series will start on February 13 while the last match of the series will be played on February 24.
Following the series against South Africa, the Indian women will take on Australia in a three-match ODI series. After that, India will host Australia and England in a T20I tri-series in March which will be followed by three ODIs against England at home.