The most successful female new ball bowler in international cricket, former Indian national women’s team captain Jhulan Goswami has strongly batted for an Indian Premier League for women.
The veteran of 225 international wickets, the world’s highest wicket-taker in women’s One Day Internationals has called for a full-fledged professional league for women in India, states a Press release.
The Indian Premier League has been the best and the richest professional cricket league in the world. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not done anything worthwhile to launch in India something like Cricket Australia’s Women Big Bash.
“As far as IPL (for women) is concerned, we do wish for the full-fledged tournament should start and we are all waiting for that. Women’s IPL will be a big achievement for the country and for young cricketers as they are going to share the dressing room with top-notch Indian and international talent,” said during the SportsTiger’s show Off-the-Field.
She though confessed that the scenario for women’s cricket has changed off late. There is more recognition for female cricketers in India than ever before. “Social media plays a big role in our society in modern times. Coverage was very limited back in the days but nowadays everything is organized in a proper way. You know when the Indian team is going to play, there is live streaming of the matches and they are televised as well. From 1973 when the women’s team started only on the basis of sheer passion and love for the game and what we are getting today has immensely changed and it will only keep on improving with time,” she said.
She also reminisced about her memories and regrets from the journey and said, “It was a huge achievement to play in front of a full house at Lords in the final. We started the world cup on a high note. It was an absolute team effort from the very beginning. Whether you speak about Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey or Rajeshwari Gayakwad everyone had contributed. As a team, we believed and performed.”
Jhulan further added, “We reached the finals and it was the only last 10 overs where we lost the match. For the 90 overs we had dominated the match and it was only the last 10 overs of England’s bowling where we couldn’t handle the pressure. It is a pain but we have to move on. But the 2017 World Cup irrespective of everything was the year of revolution for Women’s cricket in our country. I think momentum which was required for women’s cricket was set up by us. If you look at our team’s performance in the last three years 2017-20 we have been very consistent and only lost in the final whether it is ODI or T20I.”
Jhulan was also upbeat about her upcoming biopic. “I am very nervous about how people are going to react. I just hope it can motivate more young kids to take up sports. I am looking forward to it,” she said.
Anushka Sharma will be playing Jhulan in the proposed film.