Not winning the World Cup is my biggest regret: Jhulan Goswami ahead of her final international match

The pacer has represented India in 12 Tests, 203 ODIs and 68 T20Is, and is set to bid adieu to international cricket after playing the third ODI against England at Lord's on Saturday.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 24 September 2022 12:36 AM

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India's prolific women pacer Jhulan Goswami will play her last international game on September 24 (Saturday) when the Indian women's cricket team take on England women in the last game of the three-match ODI series at iconic Lord's in London.

After losing the three-match T20I series, Women in Blue showed great intent in the 50-over format of the game and sealed the series by winning the first two matches of the series in order to give a befitting tribute to one of the Greatest of All Times, Jhulan Goswami.

The Indian fast bowler will walk away from international cricket after serving the nation for over a decade and as a leading wicket-taker in women's international cricket, with 350 wickets across all formats. On the eve of her final international match, Jhulan Goswami addressed the media and spoke at length about her illustrious career. 

While interacting with the media, Goswami admitted that not having won a World Cup is her biggest regret in her career.

"I have played two World Cup finals but could not win the trophy. That remains my only regret because you prepare for a World Cup for four years. There is a lot of hard work that goes in. For every cricketer, it is a dream come true moment to win a World Cup," said Goswami.

"When I started playing, I had no clue that I will be able to play for such a longer period. I am fortunate to play the sport at its highest level and witnessed the evolution of women's cricket in and outside India. I come from a humble background and small town like Chakdah (in West Bengal's Nadia district), I didn't know anything about women's cricket," she added. 

The veteran Indian pacer also shared that getting the Indian cap and bowling the first over was the most memorable moment for her.

"In 1997, I was a ball girl at the Eden Gardens where I saw my first women's World Cup final. From that day, my dream was to represent India," Goswami stated.

The pacer has represented India in 12 Tests, 203 ODIs and 68 T20Is, and is set to bid adieu to international cricket after donning the India colours one final time on Saturday.

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