Day after playing her last international game, veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami came up with an emotional post to formally announce her retirement from all forms of cricket. The 39-year-old legendary fast bowler ended her 20-year-long illustrious career with the most number of international wickets – 355 – in women’s cricket.
Jhulan had already announced last month that the 3rd ODI against England at Lord’s on September 24 will be her last international game. The speedster from Chakdaha returned figures of 2 for 30 as India successfully defended a low score of 169 runs. Making Jhulan’s retirement memorable, Harmanpreet & Co bundled defeated the hosts by 16 runs to affect a 3-0 whitewash over the hosts.
On Sunday, Jhulan took to her social media handles to officially announce her retirement. She posted a long note, addressing all those people whom she came across during her cricketing journey.
In an international career spanning over two decades — the second longest in women’s international cricket — Jhulan, who made her international debut against England at Chennai in 2002, represented India in 12 Tests, 204 ODIs and 68 T20Is picking 355 wickets across formats, the most by any bowler in women’s international cricket.
Jhulan, who went on to play five ODI World Cups — 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2022 — remains the leading wicket-taker in the history of the Women’s Cricket World Cups with 43 scalps. She also remains the only pacer in women’s cricket to have 250-plus wickets in ODIs, with her overall tally standing at 255 wickets.