Jhulan Goswami: ‘India-Pakistan outcome will boil down to who holds the nerves better’

Asked about India’s chances in the June 24-July 23 Women’s World Cup, Jhulan said it will depend on how the teams perform on that given day.

Jhulan Goswami recently became the highest wicket-taker in the history of Women’s ODIs, eclipsing the decade-long record of Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick.   -  Getty Images

Star woman cricketer Jhulan Goswami feels that the side which handles pressure better will win the high-voltage match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the men’s Champions Trophy in Birmingham tomorrow.

“It’s difficult to predict the outcome of an India-Pakistan match but it will boil down to who holds the nerves better and does well in a high pressure situation. Hope it doesn’t rain,” Jhulan told reporters at a Cricket Association of Bengal felicitation function here today.

“It’s happening after a long time. We all have been waiting for this day. Hope it turns out to be an exciting match. No other cricket match in the world generates this much of interest,” said Jhulan who will leave for Mumbai on June 5 for the Indian women’s team camp there for the Women’s World Cup.

Asked about India’s chances in the June 24-July 23 Women’s World Cup, she said, “We all will try to do well and be strong mentally. It’s difficult to tell now where will we finish. It happens once in every four years. It will depend on how you perform on that given day.”

“England is a challenging place to play cricket. Weather plays an important role there. We are leaving June 11, much ahead of time and we will play two warm-up matches. Hopefully we will not face any difficulty in acclimatising ourselves. The teams which cope well there will have the advantage.”

Jhulan recently became the leading wicket-taker in women’s ODIs and credited the cooperation and motivation of her near and dear ones for her success.

“My family, friends and coach stood by me through thick and thin, tolerated me. Play with honesty and you will do well, that’s the key to success,” said the pacer, who has captained the national side.

Paying rich tribute to former BCCI and CAB President Jagmohan Dalmiya, she said it’s only because of him that cricket has become a “brand” now.

“His contribution to cricket is not unknown to us. We will remain grateful to him forever.”

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