Jhulan Goswami © Getty Images
Jhulan Goswami © Getty Images

Jhulan Goswami was honoured for her contribution to India Women‘s cricket by becoming the first women cricketer to feature on an Indian postal stamp on Friday during a launch in Kolkata. The stamp was unveiled at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ club. It was a dream come true for Jhulan who had a hobby of collecting postage stamps during his childhood days.

The 35-year old cherished the honour. She also took pride in being the fourth Indian to get featured on the postage stamp after Mother Teresa, Rajeev Gandhi and Sachin Tendulkar. Goswami spoke to observerbd exclusively and said: “In the modern era, postcards and inland letters are hardly used and their place have been taken by e mails and courier service but that does not diminish the value of the postal stamp.”

“Time has changed and new technologies have come. I shall preserve this stamp and cherish every moment of it. It is a great honour. We can’t devalue the heritage stamps. It was an initiative by the Vision of Bengal. During recent tri-series in India, my permission was taken when I was playing a match against England and it is a great honour. It was an initiative by the Vision of Bengal. During recent tri-series in India, my permission was taken when I was playing a match against England and it is a great honour.”

On being honoured with Tendulkar and likes, Goswami was on top of the world: “I feel proud to be honoured with these legends. Sachin is my idol and I started playing cricket after watching him play. I am very small against these great personalities.”