Indian women cricket team – Jhulan Goswami
Indian women cricket team – legends in women’s cricket
“Kitne logo ne daanta mujhe. Ladkiyan bhi cricket khelti hain?’ they used to tell me. ‘Beta, padhayi-likhayi bhi karte ho kya?'”
(I’ve been scolded by a lot of people, asked if girls also play cricket. Do you even study?)
Jhulan Goswami chose to ignore all these taunts and judgements with as much determination with which she clung on to her passion. And went on to earn a spot amongst the legends in women’s cricket.
To understand Jhulan’s story, one has to go back to the two rooms with a tin roof in Chakdah, 65km north of Calcutta, where she grew up with two younger siblings and her parents. She played most of her cricket with neighborhood at her aunt’s place about 10 minutes away from home.
Interestingly, this is what fuelled her need for speed. Initially, the boys would refuse to play if there were girls in the team.
“They would not let me bowl, bolto ‘Tor ball aaste hoy’. That’s how I developed this urge to bowl fast,” says Jhulan, who for a number of years clocked 120kph on the speed gun making her the world’s fastest.
It was during these days that Jhulan saw the Women’s World Cup final.
“Seeing such high-quality women’s cricket for the first time, it occurred to me that I too could take up this sport as a career.”
Soon enough, Jhulan had convinced her parents to let her attend a coaching center in Vivekananda Park, in south Calcutta. Meanwhile, resistance was building up at home. No one wanted her to play cricket. There was no future.
“Relatives asked why I was being allowed to travel to Calcutta on my own. What if something happens”.
Jhulan still fought and had her way till the opposition got too much. Finally, her coach had to come all the way from Calcutta and convince her family. Once they understood and realized her talent, things became much smoother.
The rest, as they say, is history.
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