Jhulan Goswami in action. ©CSA

In the light of Pulwama Attack, India is unlikely to play against Pakistan in a bilateral series as a part of the ICC’s Women’s One-Day International Championship.

The tournament is a qualification process for the 2021 Women’s ODI World Cup and every team get two points for all the matches they win.

Indian veteran pacer Jhalan Goswami said, “That [India-Pakistan match] the BCCI will decide. We don’t know what will happen against Pakistan and I cannot comment on that.”

“But all the matches are important for us and whenever we play, we must play positive and good cricket and try to do things in the right way,” she added.

The 36-year-old who is ICC No.3 in ODIs and the leading wicket taker in one-day internationals said on retiring from T20 Internationals, ”Well, I am mentally and physically very fresh. Mostly, I am enjoying my cricket, because T20 is a format where you need to be physically and mentally a little aggressive.”

“That way [now] I am getting more time for myself to think about what to do and what not to do, so I am enjoying playing just one format of the game.”

“I’m enjoying my rhythm and I just try to do what I can do from my side. I am trying my level best because as a senior player, you have a lot of responsibility. When you get older, you need to stick to a certain plan and try to implement those things at the right time,” she added.

Goswami made a match-winning cameo in the first ODI for which she credited coach WV Raman for believing in her batting skills.

“This credit goes to Raman sir. He is the one who is telling me that you have to work on your batting, those runs are important for the team, and if you are not serious about your batting, it will be difficult,” she said.

“From the first day, he gave me batting [in the nets]. All thanks to him, he believed in my batting skills and I am just lucky enough to be able to execute what I have learnt.”

India has sealed the series against England and have bagged four ICC Women’s ODI Championship points.

“Every match is important because every match has points for the ICC World Cup. We are looking forward to play some good cricket over there,” she said.

“We must stick to our plan, whatever we are doing well, we must continue with that and just go through our own process. If we are able to hold our nerves, then maybe, the result will go in our favour,” Goswami concluded.

India will play England in the 3rd ODI tomorrow (February 28).

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