'Last two years, I thought every series as my last one' - Jhulan Goswami on how she decided signing off in England

'I’m enjoying each and every moment currently,' said Jhulan Goswami.

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Jhulan Goswami. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

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Legendary Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami opened up about how she decided to end her illustrious international career in England. She shared that, in the last two years, she thought every series that she played in to be her last series because of the injuries and the ups and downs that she had to go through.

Goswami said that, even after the 2022 World Cup, she reckoned the following Sri Lanka tour would be her last series. But unfortunately, the star pacer got injured in the last match of the global tournament and was ruled out for the series in Sri Lanka. She said that she considered retirement in the ODI series in England since it would be the last series before the T20 World Cup.

“Last two years I was thinking every series, each and every series is my last series because of injuries and ups and downs,” Goswami was quoted as saying by Firstpost. “After the World Cup also, I thought maybe Sri Lanka tour will be my last series, but again I got injured in the last match of the World Cup and wasn’t fit enough to travel to Sri Lanka.” 

I’m enjoying each and every moment: Jhulan Goswami

“This (England tour) is the last ODI series before the T20 World Cup, so why not this series,” said the former India captain. When asked what her teammates had planned for her in her farewell series, she said that everyone has done different things and that she has been receiving one surprise after another.

“Smriti, Harman and everyone is doing different stuff at the moment for me, giving me one surprise after another. This is an absolutely new dressing room and I’m enjoying each and every moment.” Goswami will undoubtedly go down as one of the best players of all time. She also currently has the second longest career in both ODIs and Tests, spanning close to 20 years.