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Farewell to cricket: Indian women gear up for memorable Lord’s dance for legendary Jhulan


Harmanpreet Kaur and her staff would depart no stone unturned to make it a becoming farewell for one of many ‘poster women’ of Indian cricket.

Harmanpreet Kaur and her staff would depart no stone unturned to make it a becoming farewell for one of many ‘poster women’ of Indian cricket.

Jhulan Goswami, a name synonymous with ‘fast bowling’ in women’s cricket, will stroll into her cricketing sundown on the Lord’s on September 24, 2022 and the Indian staff will try to make it a memorable swansong for her by finishing a historic ODI collection clear sweep on English soil, at Lords in London.

Playing one recreation at Lord’s is an final dream for a cricketer.

Scoring 100 or taking a five-for is a special excessive however bidding adieu to the game following an illustrious career on the ‘Mecca of Cricket’ is just reserved for a number of chosen ones.

Sunil Gavaskar (though he performed his final first-class recreation there) did not get that chance. Neither did a Sachin Tendulkar or a Brian Lara or a Glenn McGrath acquired that chance to step down the steps of the hallowed Long Room on their last enjoying day.

Even Goswami’s colleague for practically 20 years, Mithali Raj, could not retire from a cricket discipline.

But name it future or design, Goswami’s final hurrah is going on at Lord’s.

There could not have been a extra iconic setting because the strapping 5 toes 11 inch girl walks her method by means of that Long Room the place the MCC’s ‘fits’ will stand up and provides her a ‘Guard of Honour’ and she’s going to enter the bottom along with her teammates.

A collection already received with an unassailable 2-0 lead, Harmanpreet Kaur and her staff would depart no stone unturned to make it a becoming farewell for one of many ‘poster women’ of Indian cricket.

Having misplaced the T20I collection, India did extraordinarily nicely towards a depleted England aspect within the two video games the place they dominated whereas chasing in addition to whereas setting the goal.

If the largest achieve is skipper Harmanpreet getting her contact and free-flowing self again with innings of 74 not out and 143 not out, the concern has been Shafali Verma’s patchy type all through the tour.

Harleen Deol has finished nicely to set up herself as a reliable middle-order batter however with Goswami’s retirement, the seam assault comprising Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur and Pooja Vastrakar would wish to step-up much more.

As far as England is anxious, the absence of skipper Heather Knight (due to harm) and star all-rounder Nat Sciver (psychological well being break) impacted the staff’s stability massively.

Goswami — Impact then and now

The final time Indian women received an ODI collection in England was method again in 1999 when Goswami hadn’t made her worldwide debut.

So as she seems for her 204th and final recreation, Indian staff’s revered “Jhulu Di” would know that she is a contented soul.

May be an ICC silverware (she had two photographs at that in 2005 and 2017 when India performed last) would have seemed good however generally some issues aren’t meant to be.

When she makes her bowling mark for one final time, and strides up that Lord’s slope to add to his 353 worldwide wickets (throughout codecs), she may bear in mind quite a lot of issues.

From a small city Chakdah in distant West Bengal to profitable ‘ICC Woman Cricketer of The Year’ and shouldering the Indian tempo assault for 20 years, you possibly can solely doff your hat to her.

It wasn’t a simple journey to take the primary native prepare to Kolkata and begin with routines at North Kolkata’s Shradhhananda Park (a small non-descript floor).

Even after her India debut, when she would return residence, from Chakdah station, she can be seen sitting in an open Van Rickshaw.

When she had first performed for India, Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh weren’t even born and Jemimah Rodrigues was maybe in her nappies.

Harmanpreet was nonetheless a dreamy-eyed Moga woman, who wished to play cricket.

When she is retiring, Harmanpreet is her captain and Shafali, Jemimah, Richa and Yastika Bhatia are her teammates.

And sure, the IPL for women is about to begin, women cricketers have central contracts and most of them are driving Mercedes, BMWs and Audis, with the sort of cash that has are available in.

She has been a bridge between the struggles of travelling in second class compartments, dwelling in dormitories and youth hostels with widespread washrooms to enterprise class travels and keep at swanky five-stars with correct central contracts and monetary safety.

In between, quite a lot of water has flown by means of each Hooghly and Thames as she went on her journey undeterred.

The supply to Meg Lanning within the semi-final of the 2017 World Cup might be one such piece of cricketing motion that you’d need.

As India goal for a 3-0 clear sweep after a few dominant reveals, one can guarantee that there might be no let up in her depth.

There will not be one other Jhulan Goswami.

Teams (from):

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Sabbineni Meghana, Deepti Sharma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Renuka Thakur, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Dayalan Hemalatha, Simran Dil Bahadur, Jhulan Goswami, Taniyaa Bhatia and Jemimah Rodrigues.

England: Amy Jones (c and wk), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Alice Davidson-Richards, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Eclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong and Danni Wyatt.

Match begins at 3.30pm IST.

Source: www.thehindu.com

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