India Women’s National Cricket Team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur couldn’t hold back her tears ahead of the farewell game of the legendary pacer Jhulan Goswami. The 39-year-old right-arm fast bowler is playing her final international game in the third and last game of the series between India and England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, London on September 24.
Jhulan Goswami will retire from women’s international cricket with the most wickets in history as she has 353 wickets to her name. She also has 43 wickets in Women’s World Cups, which is the record for most wickets in the marquee tournament.
Ahead of the commencement of the play, Jhulan was presented with a special memento for her remarkable contribution to the game. During the team huddle, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who made her debut under the leadership of Jhulan, got emotional and she was spotted in tears, before being hugged by the legendary pacer.
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Each and every moment has a lot of emotions – Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami walked out for the toss with Harmanpreet Kaur in the match against England and talked about her legendary career. Goswami said:
“Thanks to BCCI and Cricket Association of Bengal, my family coaches captains, thanks for this opportunity it’s a special moment. I started in 2002 against England and ending in England. Most important thing is we are 2-0 up in the series.
“Each and every moment has a lot of emotions. In the 2017 World Cup [at Lord’s], we came back and fought. Nobody initially thought we would get into the final, the way we played that tournament was something different.
“From there women’s cricket in India, slowly gradually it picked up and now we have our own path and we can motivate young girls to play sports and have a career in cricket.
“I have to [keep my emotions in check] because I can’t come with emotion on the cricket field. My character is ruthless, you have to play hard cricket and give your best.
“A lot of team-mates have seen me, with ups and downs, we’ve fought and stayed together through ups and downs. It’s good that it’s come out early and after we can come back fresh for the game.”