Jhulan Goswami, an experienced fast bowler from India, will officially retire from international cricket at Lord’s on September 24, following the third and final ODI of the tour of England. With 352 wickets across all formats, she will finish the match as the women’s international wicket-taker with the greatest total.
After missing the previous 50-over series in Sri Lanka in July, Goswami, 39, was included in India’s team for the three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in England on Friday. It is believed that Goswami and the team management had a conversation about looking ahead and developing a pool of young fast bowlers who can play in a variety of formats.
Goswami last featured in the playing XI during the ODI World Cup in New Zealand in March this year as well. The BCCI was eager to give her a “proper farewell,” according to a board official, because “Jhulan couldn’t say goodbye on the field” after sustaining a side strain ahead of India’s final group game against South Africa. She hasn’t played T20Is since 2018 and took part in her last Test match in October 2021.
Goswami was scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in July, however, he was unable to do so due to health problems. It wasn’t until mid-July that she was fully fit again, and the National Cricket Academy medical staff’s clearance allowed her to be chosen for the England tour.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Goswami is considering her options for the March 2023 start of the women’s IPL. She will be a player and mentor for the Bengal women’s squad in the upcoming domestic season. She is also in talks to be a mentor with a men’s IPL team.
Goswami started her international career as a 19-year-old in March 2002, and over two decades she played 12 Tests, 68 T20Is and 201 ODIs as well. She holds the record for the most wickets in ODIs – 252 – and has played six 50-over World Cups also. And, India will play three T20Is in England on September 10, 13 and 15, followed by three ODIs – part of the ICC Women’s Championship – on September 18, 21 and 24 as well.