Indian team veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami has backed up her teammates ahead of India’s second ODI against England, for giving a below par performance in the first ODI. The India team lost the first ODI by eight wickets, after posting a paltry target of 202 runs and failing to take wickets, topping it with glitches in the fielding compartment.
“Well, it’s just the first match. The day before yesterday was her [Shafali Varma] debut, you cannot expect so much from her. That’s the impact she has had,” Jhulan Goswami said.
“They [Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur] just need one good knock among them. Then definitely we’ll be on a great platform. These things happen in cricket.
Skipper Mithali Raj was the only one who scored beyond fifty, playing a clinical 72 runs off 108 deliveries to help the team complete 200 runs. India lost early wickets of Smriti Mandhana (10), Shafali Verma (15), and Punam Raut (32). The remaining batters failed to score runs, having facing many dot balls.
“This is a sport. Every day is a new day, every day is new learning. And hopefully one good innings from the three – Punam… Mithali has been very consistent, in the South Africa series also she batted well, this series also in the first ODI she scored runs. Harman needs one good knock and she’ll be back. So we just need one good match from our middle order,” reasoned Goswami.
“Well honestly speaking we have to come back as a bowling group strongly. Whatever score will be there on the board we have to come back as a unit. We have to come back as a bowling unit,” felt Goswami.
Although she supported the players, especially the batters, she said that the bowlers need to up their game in the next matches. Jhulan Goswami and Ekta Bisht were the only two players who picked up a wicket each.
Explaining her chats with the fast bowling group, Goswami said, “We have a general discussion, which area we are going to bowl, which length we’re going to bowl. In England, weather plays a big role, when weather is cloudy, suddenly it seams and swings. You just need to bowl consistently in those good length areas. So I just share my thoughts with them and if it’s useful then they continue with it. The coaching staff also share their ideas.
“It’s just that our bowling unit, particularly medium pacers unit has not fired as it should have, so things look a bit wayward but I’m sure we all have a lot of talent and we are going to come back strongly,” she said.
Goswami said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Women team did not get enough opportunities to play, hence the rustiness.
“You have to believe in these players, they have the ability. In the past, they’ve done very well. It’s just that they are coming back after a long layoff in international cricket. So they’ll come back strongly, and as a bowling unit, we’ll come back strongly.
“Current situation is so difficult due to COVID-19 so whatever circumstances are, not giving excuses, but whatever circumstances are we’ll come back strongly. We’ll work hard in the nets. And honestly speaking when somebody is coming back to international cricket after a long break, that pressure will definitely be there. It’s all about how you handle the pressure. It’s not about technical areas, it’s about pressure,” she said.
With England leading the ODI series with 1-0, India will next lock horns with the team on June 30 at the County Ground in Tauton.