This series is for retiring Jhulu di: Smriti Mandhana | Cricket News

HOVE: star hitter Smriti Mandhanawho set up the Indian women’s comprehensive victory over the English women in the first ODI here, said the visitors were trying to bid farewell to the bowling legend. Jhulan Goswamiwho is retiring from international cricket after an illustrious 20-year career.
Goswami, 39, will bid farewell to the game at the end of the current three-game ODI series. She played 12 Tests (44 wickets), 202 ODIs (253 wickets) and 68 T20Is (56 wickets).
“I mean this series is for Jhulu di (Jhulan Goswani), his bowling was amazing. All our efforts in this series will be for Jhulu di,” said Mandhana, who hit 91 of 99 balls, after the seven wicket of India. win Sunday night.
Goswami (10-2-20-1) also played her part in India’s victory as she was personified with precision with 42 point balls, helping her side limit England to 227 for 7.
Mandhana, 26, who was voted player of the match, admitted her natural stick came out better in ODI games than in T20I.
“ODIs are natural for me, T20s, I have to put effort into managing the strike rate. In ODIs I can just react. But I’m happy to put the platform down.”
She said she would have been happier if she had gone undefeated.
Mandhana was the last Indian batter out, at 37th, with India still needing 30 runs to win.
“Thank you to the fans for coming, happy to give them a show,” Mandhana said.
“I’m happy that Harman (Harmanpreet Kaur) won the toss. I saw the pitch in the first set and said to myself to reduce the back foot game. But I didn’t hold back too much. ”
India captain Harmanpreet praised the team for their collective effort.
“We all showed the character that we discussed in team meetings. It was a crucial draw, the partnership between Jhulan and Meghna was great. Thank you to all the bowlers who pulled through,” he said. she declared.
“The partnership between Smriti and Yastika was great, we hope to continue this momentum. I want to give my all for the team, happy with the races and the stand alongside Smriti.”
On Deepti Sharma, who was India’s most successful bowler with 2/33, Harmanpreet said: “She’s a very smart cricketer, she did exactly what she was asked to do.”

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