Jhulan Goswami shares her mother’s words of wisdom back from playing days
By SMCS - Jul 7, 2023 8:15 pm
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Former India speedster Jhulan Goswami opined on her mother’s advice during the formative years of her professional career. She played a pivotal role in Team India’s success and helped India win with her impressive performances. However, Jhulan announced her retirement in September 2022, featuring in 204 ODIs, 68 T20Is, and 12 Tests upon which she picked up 255, 56, and 44 wickets, respectively, across the formats.

Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami

In an interaction with former India skipper Anjum Chopra, Jhulan disclosed her mother’s advice to become a role model for the upcoming generations.

“These are the things we always discuss many times as a group, that where we need to take women’s cricket. After the ICC award in 2007, my mom told me one very valid thing, that you achieve whatever you want as an individual but make sure you do something on the ground that one or two girls start playing cricket after watching you,” Jhulan Goswami told speaking on Anjum Chopra’s YouTube channel.

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“That was a key thing that was in my mind that when I leave cricket, Indian cricket should have its own identity, and people start playing cricket professionally in our country. Unfortunately, the World Cup dream I had when I started playing in 1997, it didn’t happen, but otherwise, I got more than I had thought,” she continued.

Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami

She also opened up about the developments in the sporting facilities in Chakda, her hometown, since her early days while training. However, she has joined the Mumbai Indians’ setup in the Women’s Premier League as a mentor and bowling coach. The franchise later won the inaugural title of the WPL in 2023.

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“Earlier there were no facilities in Chakda. Now there are facilities and people want to play the sport. These are the things my mom really enjoys because they keep telling her where they are practicing and she watches them going in their cycles,” she concluded.