“You need to work on your basics”, says Jhulan Goswami after registering 4-42 against South Africa women
Jhulan Goswami’s clinical effort helped India Women level the ODI series against South Africa 1-1. A dominating win by Indian women saw wining the second match by nine wickets. Goswami, post the match revealed how her strategy of bowling at right areas consistently worked for her.
After losing the series opener against South Africa women, India women made a strong comeback in the second match. Thanks to Jhulan Goswami’s brilliance that India could restrict the visitors for just 157 runs. Chasing 158, Smriti Mandhana blasted a 64-ball 80* and along with Punam Raut (62* off 89) won the match for India. Earlier, Jhulan Goswami took four wickets for 42 runs whereas Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Mansi Joshi took 3-37 and 2-23 respectively.
Speaking about her classic showcase, Goswami told, "First match, we were playing after long, so it took time for us to settle down. We were not up to the mark. We were able to execute our plans perfectly today. It was a good match for us.” She added, “We bowled with a lot of discipline today. I just tried to bowl in the right areas consistently. First match I was bowling a little outside off-stump, today I bowled in the right areas. That adjustment I had made."
She continued, "When you're playing a 9 o'clock match in a place like Lucknow, there's a bit of moisture in the wicket. If you're able to hit the ball in the right area, the ball was holding back. It was not easy to play shots then. It was much easier in the second innings on such a flat wicket. You just needed to hit through the line. If you're bowling first on this wicket, it is an advantage for the bowlers." Goswami explained how it was important to stick to the basics to get the desired success. "When you're coming back from a long layoff, you need to work on your basics. What routine you should follow, you should maintain the same. We know we are a good team. We didn't discuss much about the defeat, we just ensured we stuck to our basics."
Yesterday the BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced one-off Test match between India women and England women later in the year. Goswami welcomed the move saying. "We last played a Test in 2014 against South Africa in Mysore. After six years we're going to play a Test. We are all excited. Test matches are one thing you want to play as a cricketer. You want to go there and perform well because it has a lot of challenges. Mental strength...physical strength, and that can change every session. We are excited and are looking forward to it."