India ready to bid farewell to Jhulan Goswami at Lord’s: Harmanpreet Kaur

Canterbury. Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur said that after winning the ODI series against England, her team is now ready to give a grand farewell to veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami in the third ODI at Lord’s on Saturday. Jhulan Goswami, 39, will retire from his two-decade-long career after the current tour of England and Harmanpreet feels a clean sweep in the series will be a wonderful farewell for him.

India defeated England by 88 runs in the second ODI to win the ODI series on their soil after 23 years. Harmanpreet said after the match, “The last match at Lord’s is very important for us because after that Jhulan will retire and we want to enjoy this match without any pressure. I am very happy that we were able to register a win today and now we can enjoy that match to the fullest.”

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India last won an ODI series in 1999 in England. Then he won the series 2-1. Harmanpreet said, “It is very important to register a win as this will be his (Jhulan) last match. It will be a very emotional moment for all of us and we would definitely like to win that match.”

“We have already won the series and so we can enjoy that match to the fullest because I know this is their last match,” she said. The Indian captain said that Jhulan Goswami has been a source of inspiration for all the players of the team. He said, “She is such a player who has taught us a lot. She was the captain when I made my debut and I have learned a lot from her and now our young bowlers Renuka Singh and Meghna Singh are also learning from her. She has been an inspiration to all of us and we have learned a lot from her.”

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Harmanpreet played a lucrative knock of 143 not out off 111 balls but he said that every player played an important role in the team’s victory. He said, “Today’s win was very important because every player contributed. When I was batting, it was not easy to bat till the first 50 runs.

England’s stand-in captain Amy Jones said that her young fast bowlers will learn from the current series against India. He said, “Every loss is difficult to digest and he took the victory away from us by doing well with the batting. Harman batted well. It was very difficult for him to bowl and it is a good lesson for our young bowlers.

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