London: Jhulan Goswami is going to end his colorful international career with the third one day match of India vs England (IND vs ENG 3rd ODI) tomorrow. In a career spanning more than two decades, the star cricketer holds a host of records. Despite this, Jhulan still has a regret. The Indian legend opened his mouth about that before entering the field in the last match at Lord’s.
An emotional Jhulan said at the press conference, ‘I have played two World Cup finals. If we had won even one of those two finals, not only myself but the whole team would have been happy. Everyone starts playing with the dream of winning the World Cup at the end of the day. We couldn’t do that. This is the biggest regret of my career. Preparations for the World Cup went on for four years. Winning the World Cup is a dream for everyone. Everyone works hard for this. But this much I can say, that the popularity of women’s cricket has increased a lot.
Jhulan started his international career against England in January 2002. Jhulan is the all-time highest wicket-taker in women’s ODI cricket. He has taken 253 wickets in ODIs so far. But his international cricket career is going to end tomorrow. Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has taken a novel initiative on the occasion of that match. Bengal Cricket’s governing body has arranged to telecast live the last international match of Jhulan’s career on Saturday at the city’s renowned multiplex. According to CAB, the India vs England match will be shown live on the big screen from 2.30 pm on Saturday at the Inox Forum, Elgin Road.
India has already won the ODI series against England. Saturday’s match is virtually regulation. However, the stars of the Indian women’s cricket team are emotional at Lord’s as the final match of the season. Commenting on Jhulan’s contribution to women’s cricket, captain Harmanpreet Kaur said, “We learned a lot from Jhulan. He was the captain during my debut. I have learned a lot from him since then. Now young bowlers like Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh are realizing the impact of being in Jhulandi’s dressing room. They can learn from Jhulandi how he bowls and maintains rhythm throughout the match. An inspiration to each of us.”