After a great performance in Australia, legend Jhulan Goswami is back in India and will be spending the next few days with her family in Chakdah, a town in Nadia, West Bengal. Coming back from a hectic tour post the pandemic, she shared her experience of playing on Australian soil and is looking forward to some relaxing days before getting back to preparation.
As per an interview with Times of India, Jhulan said that the tour was all about mental toughness looking at how strong and successful the Aussies are, and she was happy with her performance taking 4 wickets in the three ODIs and 3 in the one-off historic test.
However, when asked about that last ball controversy which happened during the second ODI where India had to defend 13 runs and the victory was with them for a minute or so before the last ball being given as no-ball after an appeal by Australia and it was Australia who took the lead from there, Goswami commented that dew on the field played a huge role causing difficult to grip the ball and further to balance the foot while bowling.
She also shared her opinion on the No-ball saying that it was the umpires’ discretion to call a no-ball for a full toss and their decision is the final one and we can’t judge will on our end. Here, she pointed out the need for DRS which would have ensured that a fair decision was taken at all points as there were instances where either of the team felt the batter was out but wasn’t given and vice versa.
The tour saw Indian Women playing their first-ever pink ball test and a test against Australia after 15 years. When asked about her experience with it, Goswami said that the ball was swinging more because of the gloss, and it was indeed a wonderful and thrilling experience which could have been much better if we would have got a winner had the rain not disrupted the first two days of play. She further emphasized the idea of a five-day test match for women which could yield better results.
Indian Women’s most experienced bowler Jhulan also shared that the pink ball test definitely makes it to the list of her best test matches, joining her existing best moments which includes Player of the series against England where she took 10 wickets. Followed by the 2014 victory against the same team.
When asked about the preparations for the World Cup next year which is scheduled to take place in New Zealand, Goswami said as of now she needs to recover well from the past tour and ensure that injuries don’t make their way to her. She also said that as of now she would be playing domestic cricket, leading Bengal.
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