Exclusive: Sad faces, gloomy environment at Jhulan Goswami home after World Cup heartbreak

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first_imgIndia women’s cricket team suffered a massive heartbreak as they faltered at the final hurdle and lost the Women’s World Cup final to hosts England on Sunday.India lost by a mere 9 runs to England and Mithali Raj attributed the loss to inexperience and panic.India had managed to restrict England to a total of 228, thanks to a brilliant spell of 10-3-23-3 by Jhulan Goswami and some tight bowling by the rest of the bowling unit.While chasing, Smriti Mandhana got out for a duck and Mithali Raj also departed early but Punam Raut (86) and Harmanpreet Kaur (51) held the innings together and got India close only for the middle and lower order to dramatically collapse.With the collapse India women lost another World Cup final like in 2005 (lost to Australia), only this time they gave a tough fight to the home team.Along with the Indian women’s team, the hearts of a whole nation broke but more so the families of those players. Jhulan’s household environment changed from ecstatic to gloomy as the Indian wickets fell.Photo Credit: AP IndiaToday.in caught up with Jhulan’s brother Kunal Goswami who spoke about the heartbreak, women’s cricket and more.Here are the excerpts:Q: What was going on in the household throughout the match? Who was doing what?A: All of us were watching the match together at home. We cheered for each run and each wicket and everyone enjoyed the match a lot but with the result at the end, everyone got sad and things turned gloomy.advertisementQ: What was it like to see their daughter being cheered by the entire cricketing world?A: Felt very nice seeing her get appreciated and cheered for, enjoyed the moment a lot. It was a very enjoyable atmosphere at home when she performed so well yesterday. She was close to a hat-trick also but couldn’t take that. But all that spark was gone at the end. I am actually speechless about the loss, nothing to say.Q: How long is Jhulan planning to continue playing international cricket? Has she spoken to the family members about her future?A: She has given 15 years to the country and women’s cricket and we just want to her to keep playing well. She hasn’t discussed anything about her future with us.Q: Is women’s cricket finally getting its due?A: Things are changing now. Women’s cricketers are getting the respect that they have always deserved. I feel a different atmosphere and surely things are changing.Photo Credit: AP Q: What more can be done to promote women’s cricket?A: First of all, the team shouldn’t be dejected and should keep working hard and play better everyday; that is the key.About what BCCI should do, the women cricketers should be give all the support and facilities. There should be more advertisements about them and about their games so that people know them.In remote places, there’s no chance for women’s cricket, no opportunity. In 2005, the women played so beautifully to reach the Women’s World Cup final but we got to know the result from internet.The good thing is this time at least the matches were telecast on TV, except two games. I feel each and every match should be televised.Q: Will India’s performance in the World Cup bring about a dramatic change in women’s cricket?A: Of course it will bring about a change, it already has. Now girls want to play cricket and not just cricket but girls and women want to play all sports.Q: Being so long in the women’s cricket circuit and giving so many years to the country, Jhulan has done so much for women’s cricket.A: It’s not just Jhulan, she isn’t the only one in the team. All the players are very important. Cricket is a team game and every player has to perform. So it’s everyone’s credit, all who have been involved with the game.Q: How difficult will it be for Jhulan and the entire team to get over this loss?A: It is going to be extremely difficult. Especially for Mithali Raj and Jhulan. In all probability, this was their last World Cup and we can feel the pain. So it’s going to be very tough for them to accept this loss.last_img

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