Indian Women’s team captain Tushar Arothe revealed today that senior pacer Jhulan Goswami had asked him to drop her after just two games in the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup held in England and Wales which India lost in the final against hosts England. Jhulan went wicket less in the opening two games against England and West Indies and conceded 35 and 37 runs respectively. She lacked the rhythm and sprayed the ball all around.
She went up to Arothe and told him to drop her after India defeated West Indies by 7 wickets on the back of a brilliant century by Smriti Mandhana. Jhulan revealed this during a felicitation ceremony in Kolkata yesterday.
“I was shocked but happy as well because she was thinking about the team… all credit to her. She is a senior member and she knows what she was saying, but it was difficult for me to take such a decision,” Arothe was quoted as saying by mid-day.
Indian captain Mithali Raj also voiced the same opinion and was in no mood to drop the experienced campaigner. “Mithali’s reaction was also the same. She said, ‘how can Jhulan react like this, I am not going to drop her in any case’. India needed her experience and both Mithali and I decided to support her and backed her ability to make a strong comeback. Since our third match was against Pakistan, I asked her to think more positively. I was pretty sure she would do well in the next game,” added Arothe.
Jhulan bowled only 5 overs during the game against Pakistan but gave away only 12 runs and bagged a solitary wicket. She ended up with 12 wickets in the tournament including 5 of them in the semi final and final together. Jhulan bagged 2/35 in the semi-final against Australia and in the final, she was the wrecker in chief with impressive figures of 3/23.
“It was a difficult task to convince Jhulan initially, but I told her to give work hard for the next four to five days. I know her mentality and she worked really hard. During the first two games, Jhulan was not hitting the right length gave runs. But later on, we both worked on it and she got the desired result.”
“A day before the final against England at Lord’s, Jhulan bowled for about 25 minutes in the nets at the Nursery End of Lord’s. She then said that she wanted to bowl on one stump in the main ground where final was to be played. As there is a slight slope on the pitch, she bowled for an hour from both ends,” Arothe recalled.