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World Cup performance can bring about ‘revolution in women’s cricket’: Jhulan Goswami

first_imgThe Indian women’s cricket team finished runners-up in the recently concluded Women’s World Cup. India lost to England by nine runs in the final after a dramatic batting collapse, but even though the result didn’t go in India’s favour, the team is still being hailed across the nation. “This world cup was very important for us. We were preparing as a team for the last year with no changes in team. The way we performed last year, be it Asia Cup, home series or quadrangular, we knew we would do well. But we did not think we would lose the final in the way we did, after controlling the game for so long.”We controlled 80 percent of match but they won. One good thing for us is that this can bring about a revolution for women’s cricket and show new direction and hopefully new platform for us,” said Jhulan Goswami in an exclusive interview with India Today.Opening batswomen Punam Raut and all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur reiterated Jhulan’s views about the importance of this World Cup campaign.”Great feeling. It’s been the best achievement. Preparation for two years how to express ourselves in World Cup. Great that we took responsibility through the World Cup and were not dependent on just one player. That’s a positive. Maybe because of that we reached the final, collective effort of the team and support staff,” said Raut.”Was a good experience that we reached so far this World Cup,” said Harmanpreet.Captain Mithali Raj was named skipper of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team with all-rounders Harmanpreet and Deepti Sharma also in the side.advertisementThe team got a rousing reception upon their arrival at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on Wednesday following their memorable campaign, something Jhulan says did not happen the last time they played a World Cup final.”We have been felicitated by high commissioner in the past but as far as reception at airport goes it did not happen in 2005. So this time feels good. Hopefully things will kick start from here,” she said.Punam Raut sounded hopeful after the tournament and the kind of response the women’s national team has received after their strong show.”Except Mithali (Raj) and Jhulan (Goswami) it was the first final for all the girls. So this is a lesson. For us and the next time we play a big game we will do well,” she said.”The crowd at Lord’s, the first time played in front of packed house. So much has changed and everyone is watching us now and what we are doing. If this support continues it will be great,” she added, promising to go one step further in next year’s World T20.But all that is for later, now is the time to revel in the glory, something the team hasn’t been subjected to in the past, and Harmanpreet is eager to spend some time with her family having been away for so long.”The first thing I want to do is to meet my parents. Haven’t met them in four-five months. And my routine is to go to the Gurudwara so I will do that when I reach home,” she said.last_img read more