Legendary India fast bowler Jhulan Goswami said on Wednesday that she is not too bothered about personal milestones and focussed on helping win matches for the team. Jhulan is just two wickets away from becoming the most successful bowler at a Women’s World Cup.
Jhulan Goswami has 38 wickets in 29 matches at an average of 19.65. She is one away from equalling the record held by Australia’s Lyn Fulltston who picked up 39 wickets in World Cups between 1982 and 1988.
India, who defeated Pakistan in their World Cup opener, will take on New Zealand on Thursday, March 10. Goswami played only 3 matches against New Zealand last month and picked up 5 wickers but the star pacer will be keen on making a crucial impact on Thursday.
“Honestly speaking, I didn’t know that…I am not aware of that. But (the) important (thing) is as a senior member of the side, (I should) go there and perform well, give early breakthroughs,” Jhualn said on the eve of the match against New Zealand.
“That is my job and I often stick to my role and that is the important thing.
“If you play (for) a long time, you are going to achieve a few individual milestones, yes that gives me a lot of joy. I enjoy (when) I contribute and the team wins. Personal milestones do not matter to me as I am an absolute team player.”
‘SHAFALI VERMA LOOKING GOOD AT THE NETS’
Meanwhile, Jhulan backed teen batting sensation Shafali Verma to overcome her poor form in the ongoing ICC women’s World Cup sooner than later, saying that the swashbuckler is hitting the ball quite well during net sessions.
Verma was dismissed for a duck in the opening game against Pakistan that Indian won and hasn’t exactly done well for the past few games. The 18-year-old’s form is expected to be crucial to the team’s chances of landing a first-ever ICC title.
“Shafali has already proved herself. She is a very exciting cricketer. But these things happen with every cricketer,” Goswami said.
“I am sure she is working hard really well in the nets, she is batting well in the nets; she is hitting the ball really well.
“She is just one big knock away and if she gets an opportunity, I am sure she is going to do well,” she added.
Talking about the upcoming match, Goswami said it was important to bowl in the right areas against New Zealand.
“…against New Zealand, it is important to bowl in the right area. The grounds are pretty open, winds are always flowing, so how to take advantage of those things. We discussed a lot of stuff,” she said.
“I think Pooja (Vastrakar), Meghana (Singh), Renuka (Singh Thakur), Simran (Dil Bahadur), they have done a decent job always when they get an opportunity and I hope they will continue with their performance,” she added.
India will take on New Zealand in Hamilton. Mithali Raj’s side are on a 4-match unbeaten run and a win on Thursday will brighten their prospects of reaching the semi-final.