Affectionately known as the ‘Chakdaha Express’ back home in Bengal, Jhulan Goswami is only one of two women’s national team cricketers still remaining from the 2005 World Cup squad, that finished second in South Africa. Now, seven years after reaching the pinnacle of the sport, the 33-year old has pipped England pacer Katherine Brunt to become the world number 1 bowler.
Registering a total of 730 points, Jhulan has close to a 100 point lead with two months of competition to go. If things stand the way they are, this will also be the first time an Indian women’s pacer ends a calendar year as world number 1.
Speaking exclusively to Sportskeeda, she said, “Honestly it doesn’t matter to me that much, yes its great that I’m reaching a personal milestone, but what will make me happier is if India can be on top of the ranking. The T20 World Cup exit was a massive hit for the team, we were in good shape and considering the format, we were confident of victory as we had an explosive batting line up. We are working on several dynamics of our game right now, specifically on building partnerships, that’s something that has hurt us majorly. We have always had individually strong players, but coordination has been a problem.”
Apart from Jhulan Goswami, two other Indians in newly elected T20 Captian Harmanpreet Kaur and ODI skipper Mithali Raj maintained their positions in the batting rankings. The duo registered an eighth and third placed ranking respectively. Hyderabad-based batsman Mithali still has a chance to reach the world number 1 batting ranking this year.