ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Jhulan Goswami feels Indian team should be proud of the way they played

PTI, Jul, 24 2017

London: India exceeded expectations by reaching the ICC Women's World Cup final but there is still scope for performing better as a team, feels veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami.

Under the heartbreak of a final defeat at the hands of England, Goswami was able to reflect on one of the biggest moments in India women's cricket history.

India's Jhulan Goswami celebrates after dismissing England's Natalie Sciver during the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 final match between England and India at Lord's in London, England, Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

File image of India's Jhulan Goswami. AP

India was the only team to beat England en-route to their third title in three attempts at home, but while the individual performances were there, the task is now to follow it up with more and more team displays heading into future tournaments.

"The important thing is that nobody from the first day thought we would be a finalist. We performed and started to believe in ourselves after that match, and in each given day everybody tried to contribute, as a team we believed that if we did well we could do it our way," said Goswami, who took three crucial wickets in the final.

"We tried to contribute from the beginning. At this moment we must enjoy this journey, the whole team must enjoy the way we played, unfortunately this one was not to go our way.

"In the games we've had people perform, individually, but when it comes to a group there are things that we can work on," said the all-time leading wicket-taker in ODIs with 195 scalps.

Her Lord's outing also took her tally to 36 wickets in World Cups, the joint third highest, while her three for 23 threatened to take the game away from the host and favourite England.

In the end, it proved just a shade too much of a score to chase, though it didn't stop her delivering a plethora of memories from her second, match-changing spell in front of 25,000 fans.

"We didn't get any early breakthrough and there wasn't much pace in the wicket, so for me it was about bowling a tight line and length. I tried to bowl in the right areas and not give them much room, they were using the crease and shuffling towards off stump, so we wanted to try and get them to play straight.

"Sometimes plans work, sometimes they don't, but they came at the right time to break that partnership. Whenever a team requires it, I try to contribute from my side — my best bowling figures are the ones where England win the match," she added.

Published Date: Jul 24, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 24, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115