world cup: Not winning a World Cup title is retiring Jhulan Goswami’s only regret

India’s fast bowling great Jhulan Goswami, preparing for his final international match on Friday, said not winning the ODI World Cup would be a “only regret” in his two-decade career.

Goswami will retire after the third ODI against England at the prestigious Lord’s on Saturday.

An emotional Goswami said that she is grateful to the sport for giving her name and fame, but not having a World Cup trophy in her cabinet will remain an un-tick box.

The Indian team finished second during the 2005 and 2017 editions of the 50-over World Cup.

“I have played two World Cup finals, if we would have won at least one, it would have been great for me and the team. Everyone works for that goal. We played 2-3 finals, but we didn’t. May you win, that is my only regret,” the 39-year-old pacer said before the third and final clash.

“You prepare for the World Cup for four years. It’s a lot of hard work. For every cricketer, winning the World Cup is a dream come true moment. But from where I see it, the graph of women’s cricket has only gone up. .

“When I started I never thought of playing for so long. It was a great experience. I am lucky to have played this game.

“Honestly, having a humble background and coming from a small town like Chakdah (in Nadia district of West Bengal), I had no idea about women’s cricket and working professional setup. I am very lucky, my Thanks to the family and parents, they always supported me,” she said.

Goswami said that receiving the India cap was the most memorable moment of his cricketing journey.

“My best memory is when I got the India cap from my captain and bowled the first over because I never thought (that I would play for India). The journey was tough as I had to travel two and a half hours by a local. Train one way every day to train.”

She recalled how the 1997 Women’s World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at the Garden of Eden, which was watched by around 90,000 people, fueled her ambitions.

“In 1997, I was a ball girl at the Eden Gardens, where I saw my first Women’s World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand. From that day on, my dream was to represent India,” she said.

As Goswami walks into the sunset, the BCCI is set to launch a women’s IPL sometime next year, but the stalwart has not made up his mind whether she will be a part of the T20 tournament.

“As of now, I have not decided because as of now, the official announcement of Women’s IPL has not been made. We are hopeful that it may come in the coming season. Let’s wait for the official announcement and then I will take a decision. This time I am finishing my career in international cricket. I have enjoyed it every time.”

Plagued by injuries after the 2017 World Cup, Goswami said that she had been contemplating retirement for the past few years.

“Well, after the World Cup (2017), in the last 2 years I was always thinking that each series could be my last. I was going through a lot of injuries and it was not easy. I was taking series by series .

“After the World Cup, I thought the Sri Lanka tour (in July) would be my last series but I got injured. So the England tour was my last option. So I went back to the NCA, got quite fit and played my last game. Thought about the series in England,” she said.

With India taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Goswami is now looking to end his illustrious career on a high note.

“It is very important to end the tour on a high note and continue the way we have been playing in the last 2 matches.”

Goswami said that she will miss the national anthem and singing the Indian jersey.

“The best moment for me was to come out of the dressing room and sing the national anthem and wear the India jersey. I will miss those things. But everything in life has to end somewhere. I am glad that I served the country honestly. And 20 years of dedication.”

Goswami said that Indian fast bowling is now in safe hands.

“India has one of the best seam bowling attacks at the moment. We are improving. Indian cricket now gives a lot of importance to fast bowling. Seam bowling is an art, it’s a long process.”

Goswami also spoke a lot about his long association with retired Mithali Raj.

“Obviously Mithali and I have played together since the U19 days, we had a great relationship both on and off the field. But it was bringing Team India to a different length and today it is completely different.

“It’s a journey, we believed we could change the face of women’s cricket, we believed we could be among the top three-four teams in the world and it was not a one-day process, it was a long process, “He said.

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