Already in the pocket, captain of the Indian women’s cricket team Harmanpreet Kaur is looking to bid a fitting farewell to veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami by winning the “special” ODI final against England at the iconic Lord’s on Saturday. Goswami, 39, is ready to say goodbye to the game after a glorious two-decade career at the end of the ongoing England tour, and Harmanpreet thinks a series sweep would be the perfect gift for the fast bowler. The last time the Indian women won an ODI series in England was in 1999 when they won 2-1.
“The Lord’s game is very special for us because it’s Jhulan’s retirement and we wanted to enjoy that game without any pressure and I’m very happy that we were able to win today and now we can just have fun in that game,” says the Indian. Skipper said after beating host nation England by 88 runs to win a series in their territory after 23 years.
“It’s very important (to win) because that will be her last game. It will be a very emotional moment for all of us and we definitely want to win that game,” said Harmanpreet.
“Besides, after winning the series, we just want to have fun now, because I know this is the last game for her.” The skipper said that Goswami has been a real inspiration to all players, including himself.
“She is someone who taught us a lot,” said Harmanpreet, who made her ODI debut at the 2009 World Cup under Goswami.
“When I debuted she was a leader and I learned a lot from her and now our young bowlers like Renuka (Singh) and Meghna Singh are also learning from her. They learn how to bowl and get that rhythm from her.” She is a great inspiration to all of us and we have learned a lot from her.” Harmanpreet, who scored a sensational unbeaten 143 from 111 balls on Wednesday night, said that with the series already concluded, India will play clear at Lord’s.
“If you win the first game, the second game is always important and we always try to finish that game as a winning side and today (Wednesday) we just looked at that too because we don’t want to put any extra pressure on us going to Lord’s ,” she said.
The third ODI will be the first time both sides have played at Lord’s since meeting in the 2017 World Cup Final, which England won by nine runs.
Harmanpreet, who took over as a full-time captain after veteran Mithali Raj retired earlier this year, said she enjoys the leadership role.
“It was a crucial win today (Wednesday) when everyone came forward. I always enjoy leadership because I’m always in the game and it feels good. When I was hitting, during the first 50 runs, it wasn’t like that easy.” England stand-in skipper Amy Jones said the ongoing series against India was a good learning experience for their young bowlers.
“Every loss is tough and they got away from us with the bat at the end. Harman hit extremely well. We didn’t get close enough, didn’t get partnerships. She’s very hard to bowl with, and for our young talents, this is a good learning curve,” she said.
“Wherever we bowled, she was pushing the limit. With a lot of seniors missing, it’s about giving the youngsters opportunities and Lord’s is another step in that direction. A lot to play for as there are still points to score for to play.”
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