New Delhi: India legendary cricketer Jhulan Goswami is playing her last game as Women in Blue fight against England in 3rd ODI. As Goswami walks on the ground of the Lord’s, she prepares to bowl her last innings.
India’s finest batter and former cricketer Mithali Raj has welcomed Goswami with kind words of praise and said that she spits fire while bowling.
“We are of the same age, so we have that comfort level and communication. It was always very easy to reach out to her and speak to her. Someone who was always high on energy on the ground, may be because she is a fast bowler,” Mithali said while talking about Goswami’s last game.
Why are you spitting fire? – Mithali Raj ask Jhulan Goswami
“In the nets, I would often ask her ‘why are you spitting fire, you are my teammate only na‘. Then she would say ‘to get out is the toughest’. She always had the competitive streak including domestic cricket where we played against each other often. I enjoyed that rivalry as well,” she added.
Sharing some of the fun moments with the veteran cricketer, Mithali said, “We were playing in the semifinals (Railways versus Bengal). I did not carry my helmet during that domestic season. Jhulan was aiming right at my head and I did leave a lot of her bouncers. After a while she came up to me and said ‘why are you not wearing a helmet? I was like ‘I did not carry helmet’, how will I wear one?’ Those were the fun times.”
Talking about her legacy in the game, Raj said that even the opposition would give her due respect.
“What her stood out was her accuracy. She was not much of a swing bowler, she was more of a bowler who would get the ball in and out. The cutters were her strength. At her peak, she would hardly give loose balls,”