Roger Federer and Jhulan Goswami are nowhere related to each other in terms of sports. However, one string that might connect the duo is the stature in their respective games. Both belong to ball games and both did not have an easy journey towards glory. In addition to all, Jhulan Goswami and Roger Federer will retire in the same week.
Speaking of Roger Federer, he has won as many as 20 Grand Slam titles. But there is a connection between how he came up and how Jhulan Goswami came up. The Swiss legend, in his retirement note, revealed that watching big boys play the tennis sport brought him up. The racket that brought glory to the legend will now be put to rest.
“I was a ball kid in Basel, watching players with wonder. My dreams led me to work hard and I started to believe in myself. Success brought me confidence,” Roger Federer said in his statement. A sport is a way for a human to get out of unwanted addictions and in addition to it, one can bring glory to the nation.
India and Switzerland are silently bracing to bid goodbye to stars that brought glory to their respective nations. If one must add to the non-synchronized connection between the two, the duo will retire in more or less the same venue, London. India Women will play against England Women in the third ODI at Lord’s stadium on Saturday (September 24).
To add more between the two, 2002 turned out to be the best year for both of them, as they tasted something special for the very first time. Roger Federer breached into the top 10 for the first time in 2002 while the Indian pacer made her debut in 2002
Roger Federer and Jhulan Goswami will bid adieu after a stellar career
Speaking of Jhulan Goswami, she had earlier said that she got inspired when she saw other girls representing India. After all, there can’t be a much better pride than representing your country. The contributions that you make for your country, shall remain etched in history even if time flies.
“I saw the players from a close distance and thought ‘arey yaar these girls are also playing for their country’. I also started dreaming about playing for my country, hearing fans shout my name,” Jhulan Goswami had said earlier. She also added the confidence that she had in herself and revealed her preparations. “I thought if these girls can do it, so can I. I never thought practically that it was going to happen. But yes, I started preparing myself with the leather ball,” the pacer said earlier.
Jhulan Goswami has bagged more than 350 international wickets and has set a legacy in cricket that will never be forgotten. All said and done, the racket and the run-up will settle in London. However, the legacy of both of these legends will go until the unpredictable end of the world.