first_imgJhulan Goswami has retired from Twenty20 Internationals with immediate effect, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement on Thursday.Goswami holds the all-time record for wickets in women’s one-day internationals. Goswami has played 68 T20Is, over the course of which she picked up 56 wickets.Her retirement comes ahead of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the Caribbean in November this year.The BCCI release stated that “Goswami thanked the BCCI and her team-mates for all the love and support she garnered during her stint with the T20I team and wished them luck going forward.”Goswami made her international debut in an ODI against England at Chennai back in 2002. Since then Goswami has picked up 203 wickets from 169 games in the format, the only woman to do so. She is also the only Indian bowler so far with five-wicket hauls in each of the three formats.Goswami’s last last appearance for India in a T20I came against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final in Kuala Lumpur, which India ended up losing by three wickets.The 35-year-old will only play ODIs (as India don’t play Test cricket). Of late, her lack of wickets in shortest version was coming under the scanner and her big-hitting abilities at the back end was also on the wane.A trigger would have been the underwhelming performance at the Asia Cup where India lost to Bangladesh twice, including in the final.Goswami, who opened the bowling, got only one wicket in four matches and never looked penetrative enough.advertisementThe fastest woman pacer from India has lost out on a bit of speed and she is also not the quickest on the field.With Shikha Pandey ready to take over as pace spearhead and young guns like Puja Vastrakar and Mansi Joshi showing promise, it was time for the Bengal speedster to make way for the Gen-Next.Goswami along with Mithali Raj are the two oldest cricketers in the current set-up, having made her debut against England in Chennai way back in 2002.She and Mithali are two trailblazers, who earned plaudits not only for their performance but also for their longevity.Hailing from a nondescript town of Chakdah in West Bengal’s Nadia district, Goswami’s journey was also one of breaking stereotypes.It started off with challenging the boys in her locality for pace and then the backbreaking early morning train journeys to Kolkata for training at South Kolkata’s Vivekananda Park.Although she played only 10 Tests in a 16-year-old career, Jhulan took 40 wickets, including a 10-wicket haul against the English women at Taunton.She was adjudged ‘ICC Cricketer of the Year’ for 2007, when she was at her peak.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more