Vastavam web: Veteran India pacer Jhulan Goswami feels that the memorable campaign by her side in the recent World Cup will lead to a new road for women’s cricket in the country. Jhulan and her team-mates today returned home to a warm reception here and they recalled their experiences of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in England, where they ended as runners-up, creating waves in the country.This is a second time (we were in final after 2005). After 12 years, the matches were televised and all saw them. It is the best thing for women’s cricket,” Jhulan said.
“The way ICC conducted this World Cup and promoted women’s cricket. A new road will be there for women’s cricket and all will play an important role,” said 34-year-old Jhulan.Jhulan, the most experienced bowler for India, also praised seamers Mansi Joshi and Shikha Pandey, terming them as match winners.Mumbai girl Poona Raut, who made a valiant 86 in the summit clash against England, albeit for a losing cause, said she had prepared well for the tournament.
“There was pressure, we had made a lot of preparation. I was practising the last two years, how to open, how to play in the power play. In England, the wickets are different and ball swings, and then rains. “We have to play in that conditions which were different from India. Our preparation was done accordingly. We went 10- 12 days in advance, and that helped us to acclimatise to the conditions,” the opener told reporters.I needed to work on dot balls and I just did that. In batting, I had to work on partnerships and rotate strike and I did that,” she said.
Batswoman Smriti Mandana, who hails from Sangli in Western Maharashtra, said playing the final at Lord’s was a dream come true.Big hitter Harmanpreet Kaur, whose sensational innings of 171 not out took against Australia took India to the final, attributed her success to Big Bash League of Australia