Jhulan Goswami prefers bell at all venues

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Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent

Mumbai

The Lord’s cricket ground is known as “Mecca of cricket”. The ringing of the five-minute bell at Lord’s (In Test matches) by an international cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport was first introduced there in 2007.
The practice of declaring the commencement of the match by ringing the bell has now been followed at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, where India’s woman pace bowler Jhulan Goswami and Virender Sehwag were given the honour on Thursday before the second ODI against Australia.
“It was an honour given to us by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and I am very much thankful for it”, speaking exclusively over telephone from Kolkata, Jhulan Goswami said.
“It was indeed my pleasure to share the honour with India’s legendary cricketer Sehwag, who is a very humble person and I was elated”.
“I have played at Lord’s first time in 2006 when this system was not in existence then”.
She has seen the bell situated outside the Bowlers’ Bar of the Lord’s Pavilion but has not experienced the ceremony as she has not played a Test there.
“At present I have not given a thought on ringing the bell at Lord’s. If they invite me there in future will see…At present I was happy to ring the bell at Eden Gardens on Thursday”.
“Yes, this practice should be adopted at all other venues in India. It is good to have this system everywhere”., she signed off.