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News Daily Digital Desk: Jhulan Goswami’s international cricket career began with this match against the England women’s team. It was 2002. After that, a lot of water flowed down the Ganges. 20 long years have passed. Jhulan Goswami’s illustrious cricket career will come to an end on the green grass pitch of Lord’s on Saturday. Jhulan Goswami has produced many records in these long 20 years. He is also the highest wicket taker in ODI cricket. “I played two World Cup finals for the country,” Chakda tells Express before hanging up his boots on the Lord’s ground. But he never managed to win a trophy. This is my regret. Every cricketer prepares for the World Cup for four years. You have to work a lot. Winning the World Cup is every cricketer’s dream.” But the dream did not come true.
The Indian women’s cricket team reached the finals of the World Cup in 2005 and 2017. Dzhulan twice represented the country in the finals of the World Cup. But he could not win the world championship even once. Julan said he regrets before the last match.
The Bengal pacer has taken 253 wickets in 203 ODI matches. Julan says: “When I started my career, I never thought that I would play for so long. Great experience. I’m connected to this game. I consider myself lucky. I came from such a small place as Chakdaha. At that time I had no idea about women’s cricket.”
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India lead 2-0 in the three-match ODI series against England. Julan will play his last match on Saturday. The Cricket Association of Bengal is taking a special initiative for this match. Fans will be able to enjoy Julan playing live at Inox at Forum Mall on Saturday. However, tickets for this have not been arranged.
Just as Jhulan recalled the missed moments before the last match of his life, Chakdah Express also recalled the memorable moments of his life. He said, “The day I took the India cap for the first time and scored the first goal for the country is my most memorable moment. I never thought I would play for the country.” His path to cricket was not easy at all. He had to travel two and a half hours by train every morning for training.
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The 1997 FIFA Women’s World Cup final was held at Eden Gardens. Australia and New Zealand faced each other in the innings final. Recalling that final, Julan said: “I was a ball girl at Eden Gardens in 1997. The first time I saw Cebu was at the Women’s World Cup Final. From that day on, I dreamed that one day I would play for my country.” Jhulan Goswami’s dream to play for the country has come true. Chakdah Express will play their last match at Lord’s on Saturday. The whole country was watching him.
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