Cricket

Ace pacer Jhulan Goswami reveals 1997 Women's World Cup final inspired her to pursue India dreams

  • IANS
  • August 29th, 2017
  • 0:18:48 IST

New Delhi: Veteran India pacer Jhulan Goswami on Monday revealed that the 1997 Women's World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand inspired her to pursue cricket as a career.

File photo of Jhulan Goswami.

File photo of Jhulan Goswami. Reuters

"In 1997 there was a Women's World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand and we got some complementary tickets from our school, so I went to watch it and realised if I start playing, then one day I can play for India," Jhulan, the leading wicket-taker in the women's One-Day Internationals (ODI) told at the NDTV Youth for Change event in New Delhi.

Jhulan, who has picked up 195 wickets in 164 ODIs averaging 21.95, said it was the 1992 Men's World Cup when she started taking interest in the sport.

"I watched the 1992 World Cup which took place in New Zealand and Australia... from there I became a fan of cricket."

"Unfortunately, in our country during those days, only cricket was telecast on television and no other sports; at times East Bengal, Mohun Bagan matches, or we used to wait for Olympics or football World Cup," the Bengal-born cricketer explained.

The 34-year-old, who was awarded the ICC Women's Player of the Year 2007, also recalled her early days in the game, saying she started as a ball girl initially.

"I used to be a very sporty girl, used to play and watch a lot of sports. My upbringing was at my aunt's place where we used to play a lot of tennis ball cricket in the backyard," Goswami said.

Goswami is currently placed second in the ICC Women's ODI bowling rankings with 652 points.

Updated Date: August 29, 2017 00:18:48 IST

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