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


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

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

Jhulan Goswami, a reputation synonymous with ‘rapid bowling’ in girls’s cricket, will stroll into her cricketing sundown on the Lord’s on September 24, 2022 and the Indian group will try to make it a memorable swansong for her by way of finishing a historical ODI collection blank sweep on English soil, at Lords in London.

Taking part in one recreation at Lord’s is an final dream for a cricketer.

Scoring 100 or taking a five-for is a distinct prime however bidding adieu to the sport following an illustrious profession on the ‘Mecca of Cricket’ is simplest reserved for a couple of selected ones.

Sunil Gavaskar (even though he performed his ultimate top quality recreation there) did not get that chance. Neither did a Sachin Tendulkar or a Brian Lara or a Glenn McGrath were given that chance to step down the steps of the hallowed Lengthy Room on their last enjoying day.

Even Goswami’s colleague for just about two decades, Mithali Raj, could not retire from a cricket box.

However name it future or design, Goswami’s ultimate hurrah is occurring at Lord’s.

There could not had been a extra iconic atmosphere because the strapping 5 ft 11 inch girl walks her approach via that Lengthy Room the place the MCC’s ‘fits’ will get up and provides her a ‘Guard of Honour’ and she’s going to input the bottom together with her teammates.

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

Having misplaced the T20I collection, India did extraordinarily smartly towards a depleted England facet within the two video games the place they ruled whilst chasing in addition to whilst atmosphere the objective.

If the most important acquire is skipper Harmanpreet getting her contact and free-flowing self again with innings of 74 now not out and 143 now not out, the fear has been Shafali Verma’s patchy shape during the excursion.

Harleen Deol has executed smartly to determine herself as a unswerving middle-order batter however with Goswami’s retirement, the seam assault comprising Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur and Pooja Vastrakar would want to step-up much more.

So far as England is worried, the absence of skipper Heather Knight (because of damage) and superstar all-rounder Nat Sciver (psychological well being spoil) impacted the group’s stability vastly.

Goswami — Affect then and now

The ultimate time Indian girls received an ODI collection in England was once long ago in 1999 when Goswami hadn’t made her global debut.

In order she seems for her 204th and ultimate recreation, Indian group’s respected “Jhulu Di” would know that she is a happy soul.

Could also be an ICC silverware (she had two photographs at that during 2005 and 2017 when India performed last) would have appeared great however infrequently some issues aren’t supposed to be.

When she makes her bowling mark for one ultimate time, and strides up that Lord’s slope so as to add to his 353 global wickets (throughout codecs), she may have in mind numerous issues.

From a small the town Chakdah in far off West Bengal to successful ‘ICC Girl Cricketer of The Yr’ and shouldering the Indian tempo assault for two decades, you’ll be able to simplest doff your hat to her.

It wasn’t a very easy adventure to take the primary native educate to Kolkata and get started with routines at North Kolkata’s Shradhhananda Park (a small non-descript floor).

Even after her India debut, when she would return house, from Chakdah station, she could be observed 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 once in all probability in her nappies.

Harmanpreet was once nonetheless a dreamy-eyed Moga woman, who sought after 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 ladies is set to start out, girls cricketers have central contracts and maximum of them are using Mercedes, BMWs and Audis, with the type of cash that has are available.

She has been a bridge between the struggles of travelling in 2d elegance compartments, dwelling in dormitories and early life hostels with commonplace washrooms to industry elegance travels and keep at swanky five-stars with correct central contracts and fiscal safety.

In between, numerous water has flown via each Hooghly and Thames as she went on her adventure undeterred.

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

As India purpose for a 3-0 blank sweep after a few dominant presentations, one can guarantee that there will probably be no let up in her depth.

There may not be every other Jhulan Goswami.

Groups (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 Move, Freya Davies, Alice Davidson-Richards, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Eclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong and Danni Wyatt.

Fit begins at 3.30pm IST.



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