CAB will honour the veteran Indian women cricket team speedster Jhulan Goswami at its annual awards function in Kolkata. Jhulan will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a plaque by the Cricket Association of Bengal.
Jhulan, a former national women’s team captain, comes from Bengal. The 34-year-old is also the highest wicket taker in women’s one-day international cricket. She has also played an important role in lifting India to their second women’s cricket world cup final.
In the final against England at the Lord’s, London, Jhulan has captured three scalps for 23 runs to restrict the hosts to 228 for seven in 50 overs. But Indian batting collapse denied India their maiden World Cup title. The Mithali Raj-led team had lost the final by nine runs.
“We tried our level best in the final but unfortunately in cricket nothing can be predicted. In the last one hour, the match turned on its head and we ended on the losing side. This is life,” Jhulan said at an event in Kolkata while addressing school children on Monday. “Participation in sports is very important for the students as the field teaches us a lot as to how to tackle problems in life without getting disappointed to taking anyone’s help.”
Earlier, BCCI has announced a cash award of Rs 50 lakh each to all the members of the team. Railways have offered Rs 13 lakh each to the team members who are its employees. State of Telangana had honoured captain Mithali Raj, who was also gifted a luxury car at a private function.