Experienced Indian speedster Jhulan Goswami has recently said that a full-fledged Women’s IPL will certainly be a big achievement for the country. The league will feature youngsters who will get the chance to rub the shoulder with Indian and international stars as well.
In a recent conversation with SportsTiger’s show ‘Off-the-Field’, Jhulan Goswami said, “As far as IPL is concerned, we do wish for the full-fledged tournament should start and we are all waiting for that. Women’s IPL will be a big achievement for the country and for young cricketers as they are going to share the dressing room with top-notch Indian and international talent.”
The bowling mainstay of India has already claimed 225 ODI wickets and also believes that age is just a number. She further added that to play for a long time – passion for the sport matters the most.
“As a professional athlete, you never think about age. You just go on with your passion, hard work and love for the game. You just want to be on the ground as much as possible and that is the most satisfying factor for any athlete. And I am just enjoying myself,” Jhulan Goswami expressed.
India reached the 2017 ICC Cricket World Cup final where Jhulan Goswami played an important role. She finished with the spell of 10-3-23-3 in their 9-run loss to England at the Lord’s. It was a full house at the iconic ground and India reached the final after 12 long years.
She shared, “It was a huge achievement to play in front of a full house at Lords in the final. We started the world cup on a high note. It was an absolute team effort from the very beginning. Whether you speak about Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey or Rajeshwari Gayakwad, everyone had contributed. As a team, we believed and performed.”
“We reached the finals and it was the only last 10 overs where we lost the match. For the 90 overs we had dominated the match and it was only the last 10 overs of England’s bowling where we couldn’t handle the pressure. It is a pain but we have to move on,” Jhulan Goswami added.
“But the 2017 World Cup, irrespective of everything, was the year of revolution for women’s cricket in our country. I think momentum which was required for women’s cricket was set up by us. If you look at our team’s performance in the last three years, we have been very consistent and only lost in the final whether it is ODI or T20I,” she concluded.