Veteran India all-rounder Jhulan Goswami resonated that lack of motivation promoted her quit the shortest format of the game.
Meanwhile, Goswami called her time from T20 cricket yesterday. She played 68 T20 Internationals and took 56 wickets at an economy rate of 5.45. Her 5 for 11 against Australia in Visakhapatnam in 2012 is the best bowling figures for India in the shortest format.
Post her retirement, Jhulan Goswami noted that it was not an overnight decision. She also noted that it was the right time to hung her boots in the T20Is.
“It’s not an overnight decision. This has been going on in my mind for some time. I couldn’t motivate myself to play T20Is… I had informed teammates and the selectors about it,” Jhulan said on Thursday. “The game has become faster… I wasn’t able to give my best in both the formats… I think this is the right time to move on and have decided to concentrate on ODIs more,” she added.
The 35-year-old will now play only in the ODIs in which she is the highest wicket-taker with 203 scalps from 169 matches. Jhulan Goswami also has 40 wickets in 10 Test matches, including a 10-wicket match haul against England.
Jhulan received the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award. Her contribution along with Mithali Raj to Indian cricket is impeccable. She also admitted that she will not miss playing the t20 World Cup in November. Furthermore, the veteran seamer didn’t want to come in the way of a youngster and deny her an opportunity.
“I’ve seen the squad that has been announced for the T20Is versus Sri Lanka. There’s a lot of talent and I’m sure someone will make most of the opportunity,” Jhulan Goswami added.
My body was taking time to recover
The pacer from Bengal noted that her body was taking time to recover from injuries, however, admitted that there was no pressure from anyone.
“Cricket has become tougher, and I have realised my body is taking time to recover,” Jhulan, who went through a rehab programme at the National Cricket Academy earlier this month, said. “Injury is part and parcel of every sportsperson’s life. You have to cope with it. But there was no pressure from anyone. It’s my personal decision. I thank the Board for their support,” she said.
In conclusion, Jhulan Goswami admitted she had nothing more to give in this format of the game.
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