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Jhulan came back from brink to rise

8th August 2017
Coming back from the brink and leaving mark on annals of civilization is perhaps what the legends are made off.
Jhulan Goswami is one in the making. Even her most staunch detractors will agree to that. On the occasion of receiving the special award from CAB on its Annual Awards Ceremony, she said " I was not playing so well at the beginning of the world cup. I was not bowling at the right places. So I went to the coach and asked him to drop me after the West Indies match. But he asked me to continue and said I had to lead India's bowling"
"I believe without preparation no one can perform. I made Mithali bat at the nets like Australia's Meg Lanning and kept bowling at the nets and sought her feedback. I got my rhythm back. She was the toughest to bowl against in the Aussie squad, her strength was square on the off and I had to be better than that," she said.
She was felicitated with a plaque and Rs ten lakhs from CAB by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Jhulan expressed her indebtedness to CAB for the support she got for the last decade. "When I returned to Kolkata in 2005 I was thinking will I get practice facilities here. There in Mumbai I used to bowl to the likes of Sameer Dighe and Praveen Amre. But i never got a chance to complain," Jhulan added.
Earlier, Palash Nandy, who was given Lifetime Achievement Award, said: "I am deeply thankful that I was given the award by the chief minister. Congrats to all others for getting awarded. Just remember one thing there is no substitute to dedication and hard work. If you invest with your sweat you will reap the rewards."

Arindam Basu