Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami announced her retirement from the T20 format with immediate effect on 23 August. Her retirement comes months before the T20 World Cup to be held in West Indies.
Goswami cited the fast-paced game and difficulty to keep up with it as a reason to call it quits. “It’s not an overnight decision. I have been thinking about this for a long time. The game has become faster but I have become slow. I am getting older,” said the 35-year-old fast bowler.
In a statement released by BCCI, the Arjuna awardee and Padma Shri winner thanked the BCCI and her teammates for their support and love.
“Goswami thanked the BCCI and her teammates for all the love and support she garnered during her stint with the T20I team and wished them luck going forward. BCCI and the entire Women’s national team wishes her the best and looks forward to her valuable contributions when she represents India in the other two formats”, said the statement.
The right arm pacer has led India’s bowling attack ever since India played its first T20 game in 2006 against England. Goswami is India’s highest wicket-taker in the shortest format with 56 wickets in 68 international matches.
The third most-capped Indian player in T20Is, Goswami’s performance in the T20 Asia Cup might have been a force in her calling time on her T20 career. In four matches at the tournament in June, the pacer picked only one wicket.
With Goswami’s services not available anymore, Shikha Pandey will spearhead the new ball bowling attack with the likes of youngsters Radha Yadav and Mansi Joshi. The Women’s Selection Committee also met on August 23 to decide the squad for the ODIs and T20I against Sri Lanka. Both the pacers were included in the T20 squad for the tour in September.
The World Cup in the Caribbean would be the first international event since her debut in 2002 where Goswami will not be a part of the team. The highest wicket taker and the only international with over 200 wickets in ODIs, Jhulan will continue to play in ODIs and Tests.