India have what it takes to lift World T20 title: Jhulan Goswami
India have made it to the semifinal of the World T20 for the first time since 2010. (Getty Image)

Jhulan Goswami might have retired from T20I cricket but that hasn’t stopped the veteran India fast bowler from following the current ICC Women’s World T20, where India, led by Harmanpreet Kaur have made it to the semi-final of the tournament. India have beaten New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland comprehensively to remain unbeaten in the tournament so far, and as per Goswami, if their current form is anything to go by, Harmanpreet and Co. are shaping well to lift the title.

“It’s always great to reach the last-four stage. The team looks confident and each one has played her part so far,” Goswami told Times of India. “There is bound to be pressure when you are playing a semi-final. If the girls hold their nerve and express themselves freely, I see no reason why they can’t bring the Cup home.”

Goswami was captain of the side the last time India made it to the semi-final of the World T20 in 2010. Under her, India failed to overcome the knockouts, but Goswami feels that the current side, led by Harmanpreet, is capable of going all the way.

The captain led from the front in the first game, becoming the first India woman cricketer to score a T20I century, and while it was were majestic hitting skills that gave India the honours in the first game, India rode on the experience of Mithali Raj, who struck a fifty against Pakistan and Ireland to ensure India their hot streak.

“Trying out Taniya was the surprise element against the Kiwis. However, I feel Mithali [Raj] should continue to open as it gives the team a lot of stability,” said Goswami.

The fast bowler credit coach Ramesh Powar for improving the players and the team. Replacing former coach Tushar Arothe in August, the World T20 is Powar’s first big assignment following the tour of Sri Lanka and the series against Australia A and Goswami feels that under the former India spinner, the players have been able to express themselves better.

“Since Ramesh took over as the coach, he has given the players the license to play their natural game. The girls are playing fearless cricket. This attitude has boosted the team,” Goswami said. “Ramesh has also ensured that there weren’t too many changes in the playing XI right through qualifying stage. This helped the team settle down as a unit.”

India will play Australia in their last Group fixture later tonight before their semifinal clash on November 22.