Jhulan Goswami, a reputation synonymous with ‘quick bowling’ in girls’s cricket, will stroll into her cricketing sundown on the Lord’s on Saturday and the Indian crew will attempt to make it a memorable swansong for her by finishing a historic ODI sequence clear sweep on English soil, in London. Enjoying one sport at Lord’s is an final dream for a cricketer. Scoring 100 or taking a five-for is a special excessive however bidding adieu to the sport following an illustrious profession on the ‘Mecca of Cricket’ is simply reserved for a number of chosen ones.
Sunil Gavaskar (though he performed his final first-class sport there) did not get that chance. Neither did a Sachin Tendulkar or a Brian Lara or a Glenn McGrath acquired that chance to step down the steps of the hallowed Lengthy Room on their last enjoying day.
Even Goswami’s colleague for almost 20 years, Mithali Raj, could not retire from a cricket discipline.
However name it future or design, Goswami’s final hurrah is going on at Lord’s.
There could not have been a extra iconic setting because the strapping 5 toes 11 inch woman walks her method by way of that Lengthy Room the place the MCC’s ‘fits’ will get up and provides her a ‘Guard of Honour’ and she’s going to enter the bottom together with her teammates.
A sequence already received with an unassailable 2-0 lead, Harmanpreet Kaur and her crew would depart no stone unturned to make it a becoming farewell for one of many ‘poster ladies’ of Indian cricket.
Having misplaced the T20I sequence, India did extraordinarily properly towards a depleted England facet within the two video games the place they dominated whereas chasing in addition to whereas setting the goal.
If the most important acquire is skipper Harmanpreet getting her contact and free-flowing self again with innings of 74 not out and 143 not out, the fear has been Shafali Verma‘s patchy kind all through the tour.
Harleen Deol has carried out properly to determine herself as a reliable middle-order batter however with Goswami’s retirement, the seam assault comprising Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur and Pooja Vastrakar would wish to step-up much more.
Goswami — Influence then and now
The final time Indian girls received an ODI sequence in England was method again in 1999 when Goswami hadn’t made her worldwide debut.
In order she seems for her 204th and final sport, Indian crew’s revered “Jhulu Di” would know that she is a contented soul.
Could also be an ICC silverware (she had two pictures at that in 2005 and 2017 when India performed last) would have seemed good however typically some issues usually are not meant to be.
When she makes her bowling mark for one final time, and strides up that Lord’s slope so as to add to his 353 worldwide wickets (throughout codecs), she may bear in mind loads of issues.
From a small city Chakdah in distant West Bengal to successful ‘ICC Lady Cricketer of The Yr’ and shouldering the Indian tempo assault for 20 years, you possibly can solely doff your hat to her.
It wasn’t a straightforward journey to take the primary native practice to Kolkata and begin with routines at North Kolkata’s Shradhhananda Park (a small non-descript floor).
Even after her India debut, when she would return residence, from Chakdah station, she could be seen sitting in an open Van Rickshaw.
When she had first performed for India, Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh weren’t even born and Jemimah Rodrigues was maybe in her nappies.
Harmanpreet was nonetheless a dreamy-eyed Moga lady, who wished to play cricket.
When she is retiring, Harmanpreet is her captain and Shafali, Jemimah, Richa and Yastika Bhatia are her teammates.
And sure, the IPL for ladies is about to start out, girls cricketers have central contracts and most of them are driving Mercedes, BMWs and Audis, with the sort of cash that has are available in.
She has been a bridge between the struggles of travelling in second class compartments, dwelling in dormitories and youth hostels with frequent washrooms to enterprise class travels and keep at swanky five-stars with correct central contracts and monetary safety.
In between, loads of water has flown by way of each Hooghly and Thames as she went on her journey undeterred.
The supply to Meg Lanning within the semi-final of the 2017 World Cup will likely be one such piece of cricketing motion that you’d need.
As India goal for a 3-0 clear sweep after a few dominant reveals, one can guarantee that there will likely be no let up in her depth.
There will not be one other Jhulan Goswami.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Sabbineni Meghana, Deepti Sharma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Renuka Thakur, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Dayalan Hemalatha, Simran Dil Bahadur, Jhulan Goswami, Taniyaa Bhatia and Jemimah Rodrigues.
England: Amy Jones (c and wk), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Alice Davidson-Richards, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Eclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong and Danni Wyatt.
Match begins at 3.30 PM IST.
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