Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami has announced her retirement from Twenty 20 Internationals (T20Is) with immediate effect. And the same has been confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) through a media release on Thursday (Aug 23).
Having made her T20I debut in 2006 against England, Goswami represented India in 68 T20I matches. She picked up 56 wickets at an average of 21.94 including a five-wicket haul. She registered her T20I career best bowling figures of 5 for 11 against Australia in Visakhapatnam in March 2012.
“India pacer Jhulan Goswami has decided to call it quit from the shortest format of the game. She represented India in 68 T20Is picking up 56 wickets which included a five-wicket haul against Australia in 2012,” said the BCCI media release.
“Goswami thanked the BCCI and her teammates for all the love and support she garnered during her stint with the T20I team and wished them luck going forward. BCCI and the entire Women’s national team wishes her the best and looks forward to her valuable contributions when she represents India in other two formats,” added the media release.
Goswami last played a T20I for India on June 10 in the Asia Cup final this year against Bangladesh Women which India lost by three wickets. On a lighter note, she was part of India’s playing XI in both the defeats in that tournament against Bangladesh Women.
In fact, Jhulan Goswami with 68 caps is the third most capped Indian player in Women T20Is. Indian T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur with 83 matches tops this list while Mithali Raj is right beneath her with 77 Women T20I appearances.
Goswami going forward will continue to play in the other two formats of the game – ODIs and Test matches. She has till date featured in 169 ODI matches and 10 Tests. Jhulan is currently the leading wicket taker in Women ODIs. She is the first and the only player till date to pick up 200 wickets in Women ODIs.
Reflecting on her decision Jhulan Goswami opined that it wouldn’t have been right on her part to continue in the shortest format of the game when she didn’t feel motivated.
“It’s not an overnight decision. I wasn’t enjoying the format for a while now but I kept pushing myself saying, ‘okay, let’s try one more series maybe?’. But I wasn’t able to enjoy it. So I decided it’s better to concentrate my energies on just one format,” said Jhulan Goswami.
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