Jhulan Goswami all set to bowl last ball of an illustrious career

Goswami’s long, long spell will finally come to an end when India Women plays England women in the third and final One-Day International at Lord’s on Saturday, September 24.

She would have loved to have played her last match on her home ground, the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. She, however, has the consolation of playing at Lord’s, the home of cricket.

“Lord’s is special for every cricketer and I am happy,” Jhulan said on the eve of India’s final ODI match against England. “Unfortunately we didn’t have any ODI series at home before the T20 World Cup (so I could not have my last game in India).”

India already having won the series – thanks in no small measure to that stunning 143 not out off 111 balls by captain Harmanpreet Kaur in the second game at Canterbury – the spotlight will be firmly on Saturday on Jhulan and deservedly so.

The 39-year-old seamer will be keen to add to her impressive tally of a record 253 ODI wickets, especially after failing to take one at Canterbury. “It is important for me to finish this tour on a high note,” she said. “(Saturday’s) is an important game for us and we want to continue to play the way we did in the last two matches.”

Looking back at her long career, she said her proudest moment was playing her first game for India, against England in Chennai, in 2002. “Coming out of the dressing room, walking out to the ground and singing the national anthem, wearing the Indian jersey – those have been the best moments of my career,” she said. “I have always enjoyed those moments. And I am going to miss all that.”

Her only regret has been not winning the World Cup. “I played in two finals,” she said. “It would have been great if we could have won one of those.”

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