India fast bowler Jhulan Goswami set for Lord’s farewell

India fast bowler Jhulan Goswami set for Lord’s farewell

India’s veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami is all set to retire from international cricket at Lord’s, after the third and final ODI of the tour of England on September 24. She will leave the game as the highest wicket-taker in women’s internationals, with 352 wickets across formats.
Goswami, 39, was named in India’s squad for the three ODIs on Friday, after missing the preceding 50-over series in Sri Lanka in July. It is understood that the team management had spoken to Goswami about looking to the future and building a pool of young fast bowlers who can feature across formats.

Goswami last played for India during the ODI World Cup in New Zealand in March this year. The BCCI was keen on giving her a “proper farewell,” according to a board official, because “Jhulan couldn’t say goodbye on the field” after picking up a side strain ahead of India’s final group game against South Africa. She hasn’t played T20Is since 2018, and played her last Test match in October 2021.

Goswami was in line to tour Sri Lanka in July but missed out because of fitness issues. She only regained full fitness in mid-July and was selected for the England tour following clearance from the National Cricket Academy medical staff.

ESPNcricinfo understands Goswami is keeping her options open for the inaugural women’s IPL that is scheduled for March 2023. She is also in discussions with a men’s IPL team for a mentoring role, and she will be a player and mentor for the Bengal women’s team for the upcoming domestic season.
Goswami began her international career as a 19-year old in March 2022, and over the course of two decades she played 12 Tests, 68 T20 internationals and 201 ODIs. She holds the record for the most wickets in ODIs – 252 – and has featured in six 50-over World Cups.

India 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.

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