Jhulan took to Twitter and issued a statement while thanking the Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI), Bengal Cricket Association (TAXI) and the Women’s Cricket Association of India for all the support they have given me throughout their 20 year journey.
“To my cricketing family and beyond. So the day has finally come! As every journey comes to an end, my 20+ year journey in cricket comes to an end today as I announce my retirement from all the forms of cricket. As Ernest Hemingway said, ‘It’s nice to have an end to the journey, but it’s the journey that counts in the end. For me, this journey has been the most satisfying “It has been exhilarating, thrilling to say the least adventurous. I have had the honor of wearing the Indian jersey for over two decades and serving my country to the best of my ability. There is a sense of pride every time I ‘hear the national anthem before a game,’ Jhulan said in a statement.
Thank you everyone! 🙏🏾 @BCCI @BCCIWomen https://t.co/8TWq8SfxDj
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) 1664103076000
“Cricket has given me many gifts over the years, the biggest and best, without a doubt, have been the people I’ve met on this journey. The friends I’ve made, my competitors, my teammates, journalists I interacted with, match officials, board directors and people who enjoyed watching me play. I have always been honest as a cricketer and I hope I was able to contribute to the growth of women’s cricket in India and around the world: I hope I managed to inspire the next generation of girls to play this beautiful game,” the rhythm legend added in her statement.
Jhulan said it was her dream to play for the Indian team, ever since she watched the Women’s World Cup Final at Gardens of Eden back in 1997.
“Ever since I watched the Women’s World Cup Final at Eden Gardens in 1997, it was my dream to play for India, and I am grateful to the BCCI (Board of Control For Cricket In India), CAB (Cricket Association Of Bengal), Women’s Cricket Association Of India (WCAI) and Air India officials trusted me and gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream,” she added.
Further in his official statement, Jhulan thanked the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for helping him recover from his injuries and expressed his gratitude to the coaches, trainers, physios and ground staff, all of whom have is an integral part of his incredible journey.
Jhulan Goswami bids farewell to international cricket
“I want to thank the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for taking care of my injuries and keeping me fit like a fiddle over the years. I am grateful to all the coaches, trainers, physios and staff at floor who have been an integral part of this journey. A big shout out to all the captains I have played with. Their belief in my abilities has helped boost my confidence. I want to take a moment to thank my family (my parents , my brothers and sisters) who have supported me in all situations. Without forgetting my friends, who have been my best critics and my biggest supporters. Finally, I would like to thank my childhood coach for supporting me in my efforts,” she said.
“I also want to express my gratitude to my fans, journalists and broadcasters for supporting me and giving women cricket wings. I have cherished every moment of the last 20 years of my life as an international cricketer with my teammates on and off the I have always loved your cricket and even though I retire as a professional player I will never be too far from you. Thank you,” the star pacer concluded.
The Indian stalwart ended her superb career with 355 wickets in total. In his last outing in international cricket, Jhulan took two wickets, bringing his tally to 255 ODI wickets. The Indian team bid farewell to Goswami in their final international game by winning the ODI series against England 3-0 at the iconic Lord’s Ground.