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It Was My Dream To Play For The Country At Least Once: Jhulan Goswami

Jhulan Goswami is former captain of the Indian cricket team

It Was My Dream To Play For The Country At Least Once: Jhulan Goswami
Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
It Was My Dream To Play For The Country At Least Once: Jhulan Goswami
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2018-10-09T14:44:48+05:30

She led the Indian national women’s cricket team and steered them to the third place in the 2010 World Cup. The Padma Shri awardee created yet another historical milestone for India in February this year by becoming the first woman cricketer to have taken 200 wickets in One Day International cricket before announcing her retirement from T20 internationals in August. Lovingly called the ‘Chakdaha Express’ (also the tentative title for her upcoming biopic), this powerhouse sportsperson has achieved dizzying heights through her career, but without really expecting any of it, as she says. “I am from a small town in Bengal where we didn’t train in any sport, we just played in our backyards. Cricket was out of the cards because it was expensive.”

But growing up in a cricket-worshipping nation, falling neck-deep in love with the sport happened quite naturally. Things finally took a turn in 1997, when Goswami witnessed the Women’s Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at Eden Gardens (in Calcutta), as a ball girl. “I saw women’s cricket for the first time. That’s the day I decided to play cricket professionally, and hoped— maybe some day for India as well. That’s the dream I saw as a ball girl,” the veteran pacer reminisces.

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