Jhulan Goswami :Not winning an ODI World Cup will be “only regret”
Jhulan Goswami bids farewell to the game, we take a look at some of her best performances on the cricket field
India legend Jhulan Goswami has decided to hang her boots after the ODI series against England at the iconic Lord’s. The storied career that began against England in Chennai comes to an end against the same opposition in London.
Goswami bows out as one of the greatest bowlers to have played the game. No women’s player has more ODI wickets than the right-arm pacer. In fact, she is the only player in women’s cricket to have breached the 250-wicket mark.
In India’s penultimate group stage game in Pretoria, she returned figures of 4/16 to bundle West Indies out for 135. She first broke the opening stand, scalping Nelly Williams early in the innings.
She picked up three more wickets in the death overs, breaking the budding partnership between Verena Felicien and skipper Stephanie Power. She scalped both Power and Debbie-Ann Lewis in the same over, before snaring Felicien in her next.
India chased down the total with 17 overs and eight wickets to spare and Goswami was rightfully awarded the Player of the Match.
After being asked to follow on, Edwards led England’s fightback with a 178-run partnership with Atkins. Having dismissed Newton earlier, Goswami got the priced scalp of centurion Edwards. The wicket eventually became the turning point of the game as England failed to capitalise on the massive partnership thereafter.
Goswami scalped Jenny Gunn soon and trapped Laura Marsh and Isa Gusa in front of the stumps as England went from 212/2 to 305 all out.
Albeit with some hiccups, India managed to chase down the target of 98 with five wickets to spare and clinch the Test series 1-0.
India were once again at the receiving end of a thrashing – this time in T20Is at home against Australia – and once again it was Jhulan Goswami who saved her side the blushes. With the series already lost 4-0 going into the final match, India only had pride to play for.
The right-arm pacer got India off to a brilliant start by scalping Alyssa Healy and Lisa Sthalekar in the Powerplay. She was well supported by Archana Das, who picked up three wickets to break the back of Australia’s innings.
After bowling three overs in the Powerplay, Goswami returned to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. First to go was Ellyse Perry, after which Goswami cleaned up Erin Osborne and Sharon Millanta for ducks.
Her 5/11 was the second five-for by an Indian woman in T20Is and is still the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in women’s T20Is.
India completed a 5-0 domination over England in the five-match ODI series at home in 2005. In the fourth ODI, the visitors were reduced to their lowest ever total in ODI history as a Goswami five-wicket haul bowled them out for just 50.
Together with Amita Sharma, Goswami ran through England’s top-order as they lost half their side with just 13 runs on board. The right-arm pacer picked up the wickets of openers Charlotte Edwards and Rosalie Birch as well as Arran Brindle.
Brindle and Nicky Shaw were the next victims of Goswami as she completed what was her maiden five-for in ODI cricket. Chasing just 51, the hosts needed less than 15 overs to wrap up the game.