Indian Women Cricket Team legend Jhulan Goswami to play the farewell match at Lord’s

After the third and final ODI of India’s tour to England on September 24, veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami will announce her retirement from international cricket at Lord’s. With 352 wickets across all forms, she will exit the game as the leading wicket-taker in women’s internationals.

Goswami, 39, was excluded from the previous 50-over series in Sri Lanka in July but was chosen to India’s team for the three ODIs in England on Friday. Goswami reportedly talked with the team management about looking to the future and developing a pool of talented fast bowlers who can play in different formats. According to a board official, the BCCI wanted to give her a “proper farewell” because Jhulan “couldn’t say goodbye on the field” after suffering a side strain prior to India’s last group match against South Africa. Her last Test match was in October 2021, and she hasn’t played in T20Is since 2018.

The Indian squad that competed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham a few weeks ago did not include Jhulan. In March, she made her final appearance against New Zealand. She was also not selected for the Indian squad that faced Sri Lanka in July.

In March 2002, Goswami, then 19 years old, started her international career. Over the next 20 years, she participated in 201 ODIs, 68 T20 internationals, and 12 tests. She has been in six 50-over World Cups and holds the record for most ODI wickets (252).

On September 10, 13, and 15, India will play three T20 Internationals in England. On September 18, 21, and 24, three ODIs, which are a part of the ICC Women’s Championship, will follow.

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