The legendary India women’s cricketer, who will play her last international match at Lord’s on Saturday, said she was happy to serve her nation in both the 2005 and 2017 World Cup finals, but that not taking home the trophy would be her “sole regret.” “Despite competing in two World Cup finals, I was unable to lift the title. Because you prepare for a World Cup for four years, it is still my sole regret. There is a tonne of labour involved. Winning a World Cup is every cricketer’s moment of fulfilment “On the eve of her last international match, the 39-year-old right-arm bowler made the statement.

Jhulan has dominated the Indian pace attack for 20 years since making her debut in 2002. She is the only female cricketer to have taken more than 200 wickets in ODIs (she has 262 in 203 games). A whole generation of Indian cricketers has been inspired by the tall, lanky bowler from the little West Bengal hamlet of Chakdah.

“I never imagined playing for so long when I first began. Great experience, indeed. I’m lucky to be able to play the sport. Sincerely, I knew nothing about women’s cricket coming from a low-income family and a tiny place like Chakdah (in West Bengal’s Nadia region) “The legend stated.

Goswami cited getting the India cap as their cricketing career’s most memorable moment.

“My favourite memory is bowling the first over after receiving the India cap because I could never have anticipated that (that I will play for India). It was challenging since I had to commute for training every day for two and a half hours by local train.”

She remembered how the close to 90,000 spectator Women’s World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand in 1997 at the Eden Gardens fueled her aspirations.

“My first women’s World Cup final was in the Eden Gardens in 1997, where I was working as a ball girl. My ambition was to represent India ever since “She said.