India women’s team’s fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has made a shocking revelation that she had asked Tushar Arothe to ‘drop’ her as she was not happy with her performance after the first two games in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017
“I was very disappointed of my show in the early stage of the World Cup,” she was quoted as saying in an Indian Express report. Goswami made the revelation while being being felicitated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Cricket Association of Bengal’s annual awards ceremony at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
“After the match against the West Indies, I told my coach Tushar, ‘I’m not bowling properly and you can drop me next time.’ But he said ‘no, I want you to be there and lead the bowling attack’,” Goswami, who did not pick a single wicket in the two games added.
India stuck with Goswami, and she delivered big time in the semis against Australia claiming the big wicket of Meg Lanning. “Australia match was important for us. They are the best team in the world. Lanning is one of the best cricketers and very strong square of the wicket. I wanted to make sure to bowl in right areas. I told Mithali that I would bowl to her like I would to Lanning and she would give me feedbacks. Luckily everything went in our way,” Goswami further revealed.
India won the match against Australia by 36 runs, and came perilously close to winning the title clash against England, before losing their wits and going down by nine runs.
Praising CAB, she further said, “I am indebted to them and hope many more players come up in future. For last 10 years whenever I requested, the officials always provided me with practice facilities.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent