India Women endured a torrid outing in the first One Day International of the three-match series against England Women. It was India’s pace unit that disappointed the most as they failed to pose any threat to the opposition batters. England convincingly chased the target of 202 runs in 34.5 overs to secure a victory by eight wickets.
Amidst all the criticism for the pace unit, veteran seamer Jhulan Goswami stepped up to back the other seamers including the likes of Shikha Pandey and Pooja Vastrakar. Pooja leaked 23 runs in four over while Shikha gave away 30 runs in her five overs.
Speaking in the virtual press conference, Goswami said all the Indian seamers are good cricketers. Taking the side of Shikha and Pooja, Jhulan said both the players are coming after a break and will need some time to hit the right notes.
“Both of our medium pacers like Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, and we have another two pacers in the side, all of them are good cricketers. Shikha is coming back from a break, she was not there in our last series. Pooja is playing after a long time, they need a little bit of time, they will do well. They have already proved that they are quality bowlers, they have single-handedly won the matches for India. You just need to give them a little bit of time, they will come back strongly. I have full confidence in them,” said Jhulan Goswami during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
Further in the interaction, Goswami asserted that India’s bowling unit needs to make a strong comeback for the visitors to put up a fight in the ODI series. Notably, Jhulan was the most successful bowler for India as she gave away just 25 runs in her six overs while picking a solitary wicket in the form of Winfield Hill.
“Honestly speaking, we need to come back as a bowling group strongly. Whatever score is there on the board, we need to come back as a unit. As an individual, you cannot achieve big milestones. You have to come out together as a bowling unit. We have discussed a lot of things, hopefully, we sort it out and we come back strongly. ” she added.