Mithali lauds Jhulan’s feat

“If you look at the fact that not many Indian players hold any records in women’s cricket, this is fabulous by someone who has proved her endurance for such a long time,” Mithali said in an exclusive chat with Sportstar on Wednesday.

Mithali Raj (left) with Jhulan Goswami in a lighter moment.   -  Vivek Bendre

Indian women’s captain Mithali Raj says Jhulan Goswami’s feat of becoming the highest wicket-taker in ODIs with 181 wickets, is something which makes every player proud, and it should be up there at the top in terms of achievements by any Indian sportsperson.

“If you look at the fact that not many Indian players hold any records in women’s cricket, this is fabulous by someone who has proved her endurance for such a long time,” Mithali said in an exclusive chat with Sportstar on Wednesday.

“It is a very commendable feat by Jhulan as generally the fast bowlers have a very short career for obvious reasons. She stands apart from the rest of the crowd because of great commitment levels and hard work,” Mithali remarked.

“I remember, as captain, when I threw the ball to her in the Test match in England in 2007 (the year Jhulan was named ICC player of the year also). She was very visibly tired and had some discomfiture in her legs too. Yet, she didn’t say no and went on to bowl. She returned with a five-wicket haul. Amazing cricketer in any format to have in your team,” Mithali commented.

“I am really happy to be part of this cricketing history as we have been playing together for long and know each other pretty well. She shows that rare trait of trying to improve with each game even now. Terrific character,” the leading run-getter from India pointed out.

“Be with the new ball or in the second or third spells, Jhulan shows great grit and determination to be in the thick of things. A very jovial personality who initially was a bit upset when I indulged in pranks. It is different now we enjoy our friendship on and off the field a lot,” Mithali reminded.

“When we started playing together, we never thoughts we would be part of this kind of history. Honestly, I am thrilled at her feat which is one of those unparallel achievements which is never easy,” the star India women’s cricketer pointed out.

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