The Pakistan women's cricket team clearly isn't going through the best of phases at the moment. With the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 already underway, the Sana Mir-led team have lost all three games that they have played in the tournament so far, including a 95-run thrashing at the hands of arch-rivals India in Derby.
Even though the fortunes of the team aren't what one would describe as ideal, one member of the team just managed to fulfill one of her childhood dreams. The player we're talking about here is pacer Kainat Imtiaz, who happened play in the same match as her childhood idol Jhulan Goswami, and had an opportunity to meet Goswami after the match.
A lot of cricketers began as ball boys/girls early in their careers. One such example would be the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who had served in the role in the matches played in Mumbai in the 1987 World Cup. Imtiaz, who has played six ODIs and a T20I in her six-year career so far, narrated how she was a ball girl in the 2005 Asia Cup when she first saw her idol.
Let me share a story with you all. In 2005 i saw the Indian team for the 1st time as the Asia cup was held in Pakistan. I was the ball picker during the tornament... I saw @jhulangoswami. The fastest bowler of that time. I was so impressed that i chose cricket as a career. Specificly fast bowling. 😍 Its a proud moment for me as after 12 years today in 2017 i am playing this ODI World Cup with one of my inspirations and getting more inspired....... 😍❤
Goswami, who happened to be the fastest bowler at that time, was part of the Mithali Raj-led squad that eventually won the tournament, defeating Sri Lanka in the final. The sight of Goswami in action impressed Imtiaz so much that she decided to take up cricket as a profession, and specialise in fast bowling. Imtiaz narrated the anecdote in a post on her official Instagram account that was accompanied with an image of her with Goswami. "It's a proud moment for me as after 12 years today in 2017 I am playing this ODI World Cup with one of my inspirations and getting more inspired," Imtiaz said in the post. Goswami wasn't the only legendary Indian female cricketer she clicked a picture with. The Pakistani pacer also posted a picture of herself with cricketer-turned-commentator Anjum Chopra, who had formerly captained the Indian team and was part of the 2005 Asia Cup squad. Chopra is currently involved in commentary duties in the ongoing World Cup.
Its was an honour meeting this legend. 😊 @anjum_chopra #formerindiancaptain #respect A post shared by kainat Imtiaz (@kainatimtiaz23) on
India posted a convincing win over Pakistan in their encounter in Derby, successful defending a modest total of 169/9 by skittling the opposition for a paltry 74. Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was awarded the 'Player of the Match' for her haul of 5/18 from her quota of 10 overs.
With the win, India maintained a clean slate against Pakistan in women's ODIs, having won all 10 games against their neighbours since first squaring off 12 years ago. India have won all three of their matches in the World Cup so far.