India eager to give befitting farewell to retiring Jhulan Goswami at Lord’s: Harmanpreet Kaur | Cricket News

CANTERBURY: The series already in the pocket, captain of the Indian women’s cricket team Harmanpreet Kaur wants to say goodbye to a veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami by winning the “special” ODI final against England at the iconic Lord’s on Saturday.
Goswami, 39, is set to bid the game goodbye after a glorious two-decade career at the end of the current England tour, and Harmanpreet thinks a serial sweep would be the perfect gift for the fast bowler.
“The Lord’s game is very special for us because it’s Jhulan’s retirement and we wanted to enjoy this game without any pressure and I’m really happy that we were able to win today and now we can just have fun in this game,” said the Indian. said the skipper after beating the English hosts by 88 points to win a series on their soil after 23 years.

The last time India women won an ODI series in England was in 1999 when they triumphed 2-1.
“It’s very important (to win) because it will be his last game. It will be a very emotional moment for all of us and we really want to win this game,” Harmanpreet said.
“Also, after winning the series, we just want to have fun because I know it’s the last game for her.”
The skipper said Goswami has been a true inspiration to all the players, including herself.
“He’s someone who has taught us a lot,” said Harmanpreet, who made his 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 she plays and get that beat from her. She’s been a huge inspiration to all of us and we’ve learned a lot from her.”
Harmanpreet, who scored a sensational unbeaten 143 from 111 balls on Wednesday night, said that with the series already sealed, India will play Lord’s freely.
“When you win the first game, the second game is always important and we always try to finish this game as the winning team and today (Wednesday) we also looked at that just because we don’t want to put pressure extra on we’re going to Lord’s,” she said.
The third ODI will be the first time the two sides have played at Lord’s since meeting in the 2017 World Cup final, which England won by nine points.
Harmanpreet, who took over as full-time captain after veteran Mithali Raj retired earlier this year, said she enjoys the leadership role.
“It was a crucial win today (Wednesday) as everyone pitched in. I always appreciate the leadership as I’m still in the game and it feels good. When I was beating, for the first 50 points, it was not that easy.”
England alternate skipper Amy Jones said the ongoing series against India was a good learning experience for their young bowlers.
“Every loss is tough and they eluded us at the end with the bat. Harman hit really well. We didn’t get close enough, we didn’t partner up. She’s very difficult to play and for our youngsters talents. , it’s good learning,” she said.
“Wherever we’ve played she was finding the limit. With a lot of seniors missing it’s all about giving young people opportunities and Lord’s is a step further in that direction. Lots to play for as there are still points to go. play for more.”

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