Jhulan Goswami played her last international match on Saturday during the third ODI against England, in a game that was enveloped by plenty of emotions.
Goswami ended her career with 255 scalps, picking up two wickets in her final game at Lord’s. She ended with figures of 10-3-30-2, sending down 10,005 deliveries in her ODI career. Katherine Brunt, with 6,847 balls, is second on the list, while Shabnim Ismail has the second-most wickets in the format (191).
Making her India debut in January 2002, Goswami went on to play a total of 12 Test matches, 204 ODIs and 68 T20Is. She grabbed 44 wickets in the longest format and picked up another 56 in T20Is to end with a total of 355 wickets for India.
She is only the second women’s player after Mithali Raj to turn out in more than 200 ODIs, and is the only India player to end with the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in 50-over internationals.
Goswami was honoured with a memento ahead of the game and also walked out to the toss alongside captain Harmanpreet Kaur. She stayed in the spotlight throughout the third ODI, receiving a guard of honour from the England fielders when she walked out to bat. Unfortunately, she was dismissed first ball.
Before walking out to bowl, the Indian fielders gave her a running guard of honour and collectively embraced her after she sent down her final delivery, on the 36th over of England’s innings. After India won the clash, and the series, Goswami was lifted by her teammates in their arms, before she went around the ground with the tricolour, soaking in the applause of the spectators.
Following the match, a visibly emotional, Kaur said: “When I debuted, she was the leader, in my best times, many were supporting me, but even in my rough times, she was the one who supported. She is just a call away. I wanted to thank her and tell her she is always with us. She is a go-to person, I always called her at low times and she was someone always guiding me on.”
She was also lauded for all her feats by players, experts and well-wishers on social media.
A great servant of Indian cricket. Congratulations on an outstanding career, inspiring so many women to take up the sport. Your grit and aggression always stood out. I wish you the very best. @JhulanG10 🙌🇮🇳
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 24, 2022
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 24, 2022
Congratulations to one of India’s finest cricketers🤩🤩, @JhulanG10 well done on a wonderful career and of course needless to say that you inspired so many girls to take up the sport. Good luck to you as you move towards a new chapter in life👍🏻
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) September 24, 2022
Your contribution to the sport has been immense, you’ve inspired so many youngsters to take up the sport. Congratulations on a splendid career @JhulanG10 and the all the best for everything the future holds 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/qGc6X2lb6c
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) September 24, 2022
What an illustrious career you had. Class, elegance and an absolute brilliance. Thank you @JhulanG10 for everything you have given to the game. It was a privilege to watch you play. 🐐🇮🇳🙌 pic.twitter.com/wkU8Y31Xkf
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) September 24, 2022
It's been an absolute pleasure and privilege to play against @JhulanG10 ji. She certainly graced the sport we love. Congratulations on a fantastic career. Legend 🙏🏻 #inspiration https://t.co/jRmyb5x0RL
— Fatima Sana🇵🇰 (@imfatimasana) September 24, 2022
Her longevity as a fast bowler in women's cricket is beyond belief. We have played together since our Under-19 days & @JhulanG10's commitment to the game & her eternal optimism are lessons for all. The Indian jersey will miss you. Best wishes for your future endeavours, Jhulu. pic.twitter.com/sckOdIXoSI
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) September 24, 2022
One of the greatest ever to play the sport. Your love, passion and dedication for the game is an inspiration to many. Thanks for all the wonderful memories. @JhulanG10 🏏
— K L Rahul (@klrahul) September 24, 2022
That purposeful run up
That iconic jump
Action you can set your watch to
It'll all be missed..
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) September 24, 2022
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) September 24, 2022
The first player to 200 wickets in women’s ODIs calls time on her career. Great bowler, marvellous cricketer and truly an inspiration. Thanks Jhulan Goswami for gracing the sport we love. pic.twitter.com/09N6nbwDJm
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 24, 2022
Jhulan Goswami, a name synonymous with fast bowling in women’s cricket, retires today after an illustrious career.
On behalf of everyone in Bengal, I thank our daughter @JhulanG10 for her immense contributions despite her struggles.
May young girls continue to look up to her!
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 24, 2022