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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Jhulan Goswami wants to see more team effort after Women’s Cricket World Cup loss

The Indian women’s cricket team had a good run in the Women’s Cricket World Cup, but pacer Jhulan Goswami believes that they need to perform better as a team.

cricket Updated: Jul 24, 2017 16:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
India's Jhulan Goswami (L) waits to receive the runners up medal after losing the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup final.
India's Jhulan Goswami (L) waits to receive the runners up medal after losing the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup final.(AFP)

The Indian women’s cricket team came agonsingly close to winning their first world title against England on Sunday at Lord’s but fell nine runs short thanks to a brilliant bowling display by Anya Shrubsole.

All throughout the tournament, India had a glittering array of performances from their stellar names. Captain Mithali Raj was her consistent self throughout, Harmanpreet Kaur played what could be described as the innings of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 and Poonam Raut came extremely close to taking India home before falling leg before wicket to Shrubsole. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

However when it came to clicking as a team, India fell short on Sunday and that is where former India captain Jhulan Goswami wants Team India to progress.

“India was the only team to beat England in the World Cup, and a bit more of a team effort would have seen India beat their host twice in a space of few weeks and lift the cup. The important thing is that nobody from the first day thought we would be a finalist,” Jhulan said.

“We performed and started to believe in ourselves after that match, and in each given day everybody tried to contribute, as a team we believed that if we did well we could do it our way.

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“We tried to contribute from all of us from the beginning. At this moment we must enjoy this journey, the whole team must enjoy the way we played, unfortunately this one was not to go our way.

“In the games we’ve had people perform, individually, but when it comes to a group there are things that we can work on.”

At 34, this is most likely Jhulan Gosawmi’s last Women’s Cricket World Cup and she did her best to take India over the line. Her 3 for 23 almost did the trick for his team, but it wasn’t to be as a target of 229 proved to be a bridge too far.

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“We didn’t get any early breakthrough and there wasn’t much pace in the wicket, so for me it was about bowling a tight line and length.

“I tried to bowl in the right areas and not give them much room, they were using the crease and shuffling towards off stump, so we wanted to try and get them to play straight

“Sometimes plans work, sometimes they don’t, but they came at the right time to break that partnership. Whenever a team requires it, I try to contribute from my side – my best bowling figures are the ones where England win the match.”

Jhulan Goswami is currently the highest wicket taker in Women’s ODIs with 195 scalps and joint third highest in Women’s Cricket World Cup history with 36 wickets.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 14:59 IST