News Daily Digital Desk: Jhulan Goswami’s international cricket career started with this match against England women’s team. It was the year 2002. After that a lot of water flowed down the Ganges. 20 long years have passed. Jhulan Goswami’s illustrious cricket career is going to end on the green grass field of Lord’s on Saturday. Jhulan Goswami has created many records in these long 20 years. He is also the highest wicket taker in ODI cricket. “I have played two World Cup finals for the country,” Chakdah Express says before hanging up his shoes at the Lord’s ground. But could not win a trophy even once. This is my regret. Every cricketer prepares for the World Cup for four years. Have to work hard. Winning the World Cup is a dream come true for any cricketer.” That dream did not come true.
India’s women’s cricket team reached the World Cup finals in 2005 and 2017. Jhulan represented the country in the World Cup Final twice. But he could not win the World Cup even once. Jhulan said that regret before the last match.
The pacer of Bengal has captured 253 wickets in 203 matches in ODIs. Jhulan says, “When I started my career, I never thought I would play for so long. A great experience. I am connected with this game. I consider myself lucky. I came from a small place like Chakdaha. I had no idea about women’s cricket at that time.”
[আরও পড়ুন: কে বলে ‘প্রাক্তন’! লেজেন্ডস লিগে শচীনের ইনিংসে ফিরল শারজার ‘মরুঝড়ের’ স্মৃতি]
India lead 2-0 in the three-match ODI series against England. Jhulan is going to play the last match on Saturday. Cricket Association of Bengal is taking special initiative for this match. Fans can enjoy Jhulan’s game through live screening at Forum Mall’s Inox on Saturday. However, tickets have not been arranged for this.
Just as Jhulan recalled his missed moments before playing the last match of his life, Chakdah Express also mentioned the memorable moments of his life. He said, “The day I got the India cap for the first time and bowled the first over for the country is my most memorable moment. I never thought I would play for the country.” His cricket journey was not easy at all. He had to travel by train every morning for two and a half hours for training.
[আরও পড়ুন: আইসিসি’র চেয়ারম্যান হওয়ার সম্ভাবনা কতটা? মুখ খুললেন সৌরভ গঙ্গোপাধ্যায়]
The 1997 Women’s World Cup final was held at the Eden Gardens. Australia and New Zealand faced each other in the service final. Referring to that final, Jhulan said, “I was a ball girl at Eden Gardens in 1997. The women’s world cup final was the first time I saw Seba. From that day I dreamed that one day I will play for the country.” Jhulan Goswami’s dream of playing for the country has been successful. Chakdah Express will play their last match at Lord’s on Saturday. The whole country looked at him.
Sangbad Pratidin News App: Download Sangbad Pratidin App to get latest news updates