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Jhulan Goswami brings down the curtains on his career as he lifts the trophy in a landmark series

Jhulan Goswami has ended her two-decade international career in which she terrorized hitters around the world and inspired many others.

On Saturday, she claimed her record 254th and 255th ODI wickets – the last with her 10,001st delivery in the format – before ending her 20-year international career, having made her debut in 2002.

The 39-year-old retired from international cricket following the conclusion of the ODI series in England, in which the visitors were given a first-ever full sweep to give the legendary dressmaker a fitting farewell.

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Goswami was given a guard of honor by the England team when she came on at bat – only to be knocked out first – and again by her own side when they entered the pitch.

During the award ceremony, Goswami lifted the trophy.

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In an international career spanning more than two decades, the second longest in women’s international cricket – Jhulan, who made her debut in 2002, represented India in 12 Tests, 204 ODIs and 68 T20Is, picking 355 wickets in all formats.

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Jhulan, who went on to play in five ODI World Cups – 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2022 – remains the leading wicket taker in Women’s World Cup history. She also remains the only rhythm in women’s cricket to have over 250 wickets in the ODIs.

Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who was named the series player, disagreed that the controversy between Deepti Sharma and Charlie Dean had tarnished the legendary Goswami’s farewell game.

“I don’t think so, because, like I said, I don’t think we committed any crime. I don’t think we need to talk about that because the first nine wickets were also very important and everyone was working so hard.

“It was a chaseable total, but the way our bowlers played and the whole team put in the effort, there was a lot to celebrate other than just talking about the last wicket.”

BCCI on Sunday called Jhulan Goswami’s career “monumental”, saying an era ended with the retirement of one of women’s greatest cricketers.

“With Jhulan announcing her retirement from international cricket, an era has come to an end. She was immensely proud to represent India and has always done her best to serve Indian cricket with distinction,” BCCI President Sourav said. Ganguly, in a press release.

“She was India’s leading attacking bowler and her exploits will continue to inspire current and aspiring cricketers. Her contribution to the game was monumental.

“While his inspirational presence on the pitch will be missed, his achievements will continue to inspire cricketers to come,” Ganguly added.

(With agency contributions)

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