“It’s a great opportunity for me that I would be leading the side when Jhulan would be playing her last ODI,” says Indian skipper Harmanpreet

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Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of India, praised Jhulan Goswami on Tuesday, adding that “nobody can fill her shoes” due to her unrivalled devotion for the game.

After the third and final ODI against England at Lord’s on September 24, the 39-year-old, who has amassed the most wickets in international cricket over the course of a career spanning more than two decades, plans to retire.

“She goes to every game with the same kind of passion which is unmatched, nobody can beat that,” Harmanpreet said in a media interaction here on the eve of their departure for their white-ball series in England.

“When I made my debut she was the captain, it’s a great opportunity for me that I would be leading the side when she would be playing her last ODI. When I entered the team, she was the one who was leading from the front. I’ve learnt a lot from her. Nobody can fill in her shoes.

“She’s someone who always puts in the same kind of effort, bowling two-three hours She still puts in the same kind of hard work she used to during her early days… I’ve never seen her make any changes to her practice regimen.” “You hardly see any bowler doing like that, or even at the nets while batting… Nobody can bring that passion she has for cricket. “As a cricketer and a person, I’ve learnt a lot from her. She’s a great example for all of us. There are many back home who have grown up watching her and then took up the sport,” Harmanpreet added.