Kolkata: Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami received felicitations from the BCCI at Mumbai and New Delhi on her reaching to the country. At New Delhi she met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and she described her meeting with the PM to be exciting. In New Delhi she met with the directors of Air India where she was promoted from her post of Deputy Manager to Manager owing to her splendid performance in the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup held at England.
“The Air India CMD had called me in Delhi and I was offered the promotion from (Deputy Manager),” Goswami told the media after reaching to Kolkata on Friday.
Air India who is ready to launch flights to two new destinations also decided to make Jhulan as their Brand Ambassador and for the first three months of travel she will be provided Business class tickets. July 29 marks the Foundation Day of Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan who too will be felicitating Jhulan tomorrow for her remarkable feat in England.
“We’ve been playing non-stop cricket so at the moment there will be a break. Next year, we have World Twenty20 and we will prepare for that as a team,” she said.
Women’s IPL may be a possibility after their World Cup show and Jhulan said: “Of course I will be available as a player. I’m still fit enough to play in IPL, if at all it happens.”
Team India’s hopes of being crowned as Champions was halted when England snatched the finals from India’s hand and became the World Champions for a remarkable five times. Jhulan Goswami took three important wickets in the finals and restricted the English side to a mere total of 228 runs.
“The nine runs regret will remain forever. We dominated the match for 85 per cent but they snatched the match with their show in the death overs. This opportunity will never come again. We will have to start from zero again,” Jhulan said.
“Many (senior players) may not be around next time. I will try my best but cannot say at the moment as four years’ is a long time,” she said.
“But the World Cup has taught us how to be mentally tough. This will show women’s cricket a new direction, quite similar to what happened in Australia and England.”