India women cricketers celebrate with the trophy after winning series against England at Lord's. (AP Photo)LONDON: Heaping praise on the retiring Jhulan Goswami, Indian women's team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur on Saturday said the iconic seamer was "a go-to person" and supported the batter in her difficult phase.
India provided a fitting farewell to the 39-year-old Jhulan as they won the third and final ODI against England by 16 runs here on Saturday to complete a first ever clean sweep on English soil.
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A fairy-tale ending befitting her glorious career marked Jhulan Goswami's last waltz as India Women beat England by 16 runs in the third and final ODI to record their first clean sweep in this country.
Speaking about Jhulan at the presentation ceremony, Harmanpreet said, "When I debuted she was a leader, before the game I told her when I was going through the best time people supported me but when I was in a rough time she was the one who supported me.
"I wanted to thank her and tell her she is always with us. She is a go-to person, I always called her at low times and she was someone always guiding me."
Jhulan Goswami bids adieu to international cricket
NextShow Captions<p>In a touching gesture, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur let Jhulan Goswami call the toss in her farewell game at Lord’s.</p><p>Jhulan walks out to bat in her final match as England players form a guard of honour during the third ODI at Lord’s. </p><p>Jhulan was named in the ICC women’s ODI team of the decade and ODI team of 2019. </p><p>Jhulan is the only woman cricketer to have taken 200 or more wickets in ODIs.</p><p>Jhulan is the only Indian woman player to achieve the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in ODIs.</p><p>At 20 years, 258 days, Jhulan’s career span is the second highest in Women’s ODI history behind Mithali Raj’s 22 years 274 days.</p><p>Jhulan’s 69 catches is the second highest in women’s ODIs behind New Zealand’s Suzie Bates’ 78.</p><p>Jhulan is the only Indian woman cricketer to take a 10-wicket haul in a Test – 10/78 vs England at Taunton in 2006. </p><p>Fast bowler Jhulan’s 43 wickets in 34 matches is a record in Women’s World Cup.</p><p>Interestingly, Jhulan made her ODI, Test and T20I debuts against England in 2002 and 2006 respectively.</p>
Charlotte Dean run out: captain says will back my players
Sent in to bat, India were all out for a paltry 169, but that proved enough in the end.
The Indians managed to eke out a win as Charlotte Dean (47) was adjudged run out in controversial fashion, for backing up.
Dean, who nearly pulled off a stunning win for the hosts after they were reeling at 65 for seven and then 103 for eight, was out of her ground and Deepti Sharma simply held the ball to remove the bails, leaving the English flabbergasted.
When probed about it, the India captain said, "To be honest, I thought you will ask about all the 10 wickets which was not easy to take as well. It's part of the game. I don't think we have done something new. It shows your awareness, what batters are doing.
Records galore 🔝A legacy to be proud of 👍Thank you @JhulanG10 👏 👏#TeamIndia https://t.co/Ib4knV2eyn
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"I will back my players, she hasn't done something outside the rules. After the first game we discussed, we wanted to do really well, we have that much potential. We want to continue this kind of cricket."
The India skipper, who was also named Player of the Series, added, "This wicket was not easy to bat on, our batters did a decent job. We were looking for 170 after losing four wickets.
"After that we knew we have the pace attack and spin attack to take the wickets. We never thought we were out of the game."
On her own form, she said, "I'm enjoying my time, I want to be there for the team because if I'm there the team is in a positive mode. Today was unfortunate, but otherwise I was watching the ball and batting accordingly."
Finishing the historic win at the Lord’s with a victory lap 👏👏#TeamIndia | #ENGvIND https://t.co/Yd4JCyqYj4
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England captain Amy Jones, who contributed 28 and looked to lift her side from a precarious situation along with Charlie Dean, felt they needed partnerships.
"Not happy with the result, we bowled really well, we just needed a bigger partnership. The last dismissal divides opinion. I'm not a fan but it depends how India feel about it. It's within the rules, hopefully doesn't take the shine off the summer.
"A massive learning experience. Learnt the hard way in the 2nd ODI with some practical errors. The girls have been supportive. Looking forward to have Heath (Knight) back. The average age is pretty low and Capsey, Kempy and it has been a brilliant summer for us.
On Dean, she said, "She looked good out there, She absorbed the pressure and knuckled down – not sure she was getting out any other way."
A clean sweep 👍A historic win at the Lord’s 👌A special 3-0 ODI series win for #TeamIndia 👏#ENGvIND https://t.co/LxqStg7cgJ
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