“We respect the decision taken by the authorities,” says Jhulan Goswami

Pandemic has brought a downturn on all sporting activities throughout the globe. In the cricketing world, the biggest impact has been left on women. The women’s world cup in New Zealand has been pushed from its initial plan of 2021. The new plans state 2022 as the much-awaited year.

Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami
Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. Pic Credits: TOI

The delay, as per ICC, is to provide boards and players with adequate time for preparations. The news had a scary reception among Indian players who were waiting to see the best of their veterans in the world cup. Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami had already announced that their best attempt for India’s maiden world cup title is going to come.

We reported their statements with the knowledge that this edition of the ODI world cup might be the last for the two maestros. The delay, nonetheless, has not affected the spirits of Jhulan and Mithali. The former has told PTI that “We respect the decision taken by the authorities. It would have not been easy to create a bio-bubble for eight teams, hopefully, there will be a vaccine soon”.

On her consistency and her inclusion in the side, she added that “Yes, 2022 is the goal now but you have to be part of the process and play matches consistently and perform and then you can think about the World Cup because there is a lot of time left and it is not round the corner anymore”.

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She went ahead and said that “At this time, I can only think about the next series and performing in it and start from zero. I can’t tell you what may happen between now and 2022 as it is still far way”.

The latter i.e. Mithali took to Twitter and said “There’s always a positive to take out of any situation, in this case too, I say more time for planning and preparations. Same vision, the same goal”.

Mithali plays only the 50-over format and the importance of cup is unparalleled for her as it has all her focus. Duo, having played cricket for decades, share a great enthusiasm for the upcoming, though the delayed, world cup. A world cup will the only thing that their cabinet will need to showcase the glorious career that the women have had.

Shubham Kumar

A student who enjoys studying cricket more than anything else, keen to learn the insights of the women’s game.

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