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Jhulan wants to cement legacy with World Cup win
23rd May 2017
Every game needs a moment when they write history. Men’s cricket had it in 1983. Jhulan Goswami hopes the women’s cricket team will script that historic moment in during the World Cup commencing on June 24 in England.
Returning after a very successful quadrangular series in South Africa, the speed ace and now the highest wicket taker in the limited edition of the game, Jhulan said: “Our nation needs moments to give boost to a sport. They need icons who scale the unscaleable. Kapil Dev gave it to India in 1983; then M S Dhoni did it in 2011 which also cemented the legacy of Sachin Tendulkar. We need to do something like this that will inspire the nation to take up the game seriously.”
When Julan took the wicket of Raisibe Ntozakhe in Potchefstroom she made history breaking the decade long record of 180 wickets in 50-over matches held by Aussie Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
“This moment was special as I was coming back from injury and it was not easy to find my rhythm and be among wickets. I have raised the bar for myself and now individual goals have blend into team goals and there is only one thing on my find. Win world cup for India. And the team is geared up to get that success,” she said.
Asked how much the tour of South Africa would help, she said: “In England your main opponent will be weather. In South Africa it was windy, rainy and the pitches were fast. This has given us a lot of advantage. We have acclamatised to the conditions that usually leaves us like a sitting duck. And we have won there. Now the team wants to go out and replicate the success in England.”
Jhulan and Mithali Raj combined to help Indian eves clinch the quadrangular series beating South Africa by 8 wickets in the final. Goswami took three wickets in the match, while Mithali struck her sixth consecutive half century to seal the deal.

Arindam Basu