Vastavam web: Down with a heel injury, veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami today said winning a World Cup title remains her ultimate dream and the Indian team would first look to reach the semifinals at the women’s World T20 when it is held in November this year.Basking in the glory of becoming the first woman cricketer to take 200 wickets in One-Day Internationals, Goswami returned home today after being ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa due to a heel injury. She will now head to National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to recover within four to six weeks time.But 2018 provides them another opportunity to take a shot at glory with the World Twenty20 hosted by the defending champions West Indies from November 9-24.
“The preparation has begun from the series in South Africa. With about a year left, it’s the perfect time for us to prepare in the right way,” Jhulan told PTI after returning home.”The process take a long time, it does not happen overnight. It’s the ultimate dream. The first target will be to be top four.” Jhulan said the process has begun and the upcoming series against England, Australia and Asia Cup will provide ample opportunities to sharpen their skills.
“We will be well-prepared. We have a lot of matches lined up. After the series in South Africa, there will be a tri-nation T20I series against England, Australia. There is also Asia Cup,” she said.Giving credit to the Board for helping in their preparation, Jhulan said legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s peptalk before heading to South Africa motivated the team.
“It gave a positive vibe in the team. He spent about one and half hours, talking to each one of us. He said about the South African conditions and how to adapt and play well there,” she said.”After the World Cup hype was so high, it was about holding on to the momentum. That was our focus. We wanted to keep playing like where we had left.”Last two years, we were focused on playing one-dayers. Now it’s the time for T20s. Concentrating on the process now.”
Jhulan bagged her 200th wicket in her 166th ODI in Kimberly on February 7 when she dismissed South African opener Laura Wolvaardt in the fifth over with an outswinger as India went on to beat the hosts by 178 runs.”Never thought about the milestone when I started my career. In a long career, you are bound to achieve milestones. I never ran after a milestone,” the lanky pacer said.”Nothing lasts forever but I would prefer a medium-pacer breaking my record,” Jhulan said.
Incidentally in the same match she sustained the heel injury and could not train the next day as MRI revealed the nature of injury.