Jhulan Goswami on becoming only the second female cricketer to play 200 ODIs

Jhulan Goswami on becoming only the second female cricketer to play 200 ODIs

Jhulan Goswami, India’s pace spearhead, made her way into the record books yet again when she entered the field for the Women’s Cricket World Cup match against Australia. Goswami, 39, became only the second female cricketer to play 200 ODIs, first being her captain Mithali Raj. Her career has spanned over 20 years now, as she made her ODI debut against England back in 2002, when she was 19.

Before the match started, Mithali Raj presented a special cap to Jhulan for her big milestone. ICC shared this special moment with the cricket fans on it’s social media handle. ICC captioned the post as, “Jhulan Goswami became the second woman to play 200 ODIs, receiving her cap from Mithali Raj, who was the first to the milestone.”

While receiving the cap, Goswami shared her delight of such an honor, saying, “Well, thank you so much, everyone. It’s been an honour to play for India. It’s been a pleasure, whenever I have worn this jersey. It’s always been special and I have always tried to contribute more than 100 percent whether it is on the field or off the field. Hopefully, we will do well today as well.”

Mandhana shares her thoughts on Goswami’s milestone match

Goswami and Mithali Raj have been the most senior players for India for a long time now. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that both have carried the team on their shoulders, grooming the young incoming talent. It would be quite a farewell for both of them if India can clinch the title. That being said, it seems highly unlikely since they lost the match to Australia by 6 wickets. Their fate won’t be in their own hands now. Australia, on the other hand, have sealed their Semis spot.

India’s next possible candidate for captaincy, Smriti Mandhana, shared her thoughts on Goswami’s achievement. She praised her longevity in the game, and also lauded her work ethic. “To play 200 ODIs, as a pace bowler, to play I think it is something incredible. For us, you’ve always been a motivation. Your work ethics…that is something which we have followed from day 1 since we have entered this dressing room.”

Goswami will try to give her best, as she always does, in the rest of the tournament, as India are currently hanging by a thin thread. The bowlers have saved the match for the team many a times now in this World Cup. But today, they were up against the title favorites, Australia, who didn’t give them any chance to go for the win.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.