Jhulan Goswami who was a part of the Indian squad which narrowly lost the Women’s World Cup final to England by nine runs very recently said that the defeat will continue to haunt the side.
Chasing 229 to win. India was comfortably placed at 182/3 when a dramatic collapse saw England stage a comeback and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the summit clash.
Despite their loss, the whole country embraced them for their sensational performance and felicitated them for different quarters.
“We are touched by the way India embraced and welcomed us despite losing but till we win a World Cup, the ‘number nine’ will continue to haunt us,” Jhulan said during a felicitation ceremony on the occasion of Mohun Bagan’s day in Kolkata.
The tall fast bowler produced a magical spell and removed three crucial English batswomen which enabled the Indian eves to restrict them to a manageable 228 but a dramatic batting collapse while chasing cost India the game. On her return to her hometown, Chakadaha, she was given a special award by Mohun Bagan and the pacewoman wished that MB also had a female cricket team.
“I will be really happy on the day Mohun Bagan also have a women’s cricket team,” Jhulan said.
She ruled out the prospects of getting involved in any relationship as she conceded that her only focus is on the game and she doesn’t have time for anything else.
“I am focusing on the game. I am so busy with it that I will not be able to devote time to anything else. There’s a lot of time for that,” Jhulan said. “If I cannot devote time to a relationship then I won’t be able to do justice to it. I would prefer to do one thing at a time.”
“I have seen my friends and how they have had to struggle to balance two things at one time,” she further added.
The Mohun Bagan camp gave a huge round of applause when former Indian defender Subrata Bhattacharya was awarded the club’s highest honour, Mohun Bagan Ratna.
Bhattacharya has been associated with the club for the past 17 years but their relationship soured.
“I signed for Mohun Bagan because of Chuni da (Chuni Goswami). It’s an honour playing for Mohun Bagan from March 6, 1974, to June 8, 1991,” he said.