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‘Ismail can mentor Jintimani Kalita & Pooja Vastrakar’, says MI bowling coach

‘Ismail can mentor Jintimani Kalita & Pooja Vastrakar’, says MI bowling coach

WPL 2024: The 35-year-old Shabnim Ismail had retired from international cricket earlier this year to focus on T20 leagues.

Mumbai Indians had a great WPL Auction 2024 as they added five players to the roster — Shabnim Ismail, Fatima Jaffer, S Keerthana, Amandeep Kaur, and Sajana Sajeevan. Despite bagging South African Ismail for a massive INR 1.2 crore, bowling coach and mentor Jhulan Goswami is chuffed, and is looking forward to the former working with Indian bowlers.

“Shabnim is the fastest bowler currently in women’s cricket. She has vast amounts of experience, we wanted an out-and-out pacer. She is also somebody who can mentor our young crop of fast bowlers like Jintimani Kalita and Pooja Vastrakar, who can learn a lot from her,” Goswami told Mumbai Indians.

Jhulan Goswami Feels Amandeep Kaur Adds X-Factor

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on left-arm wrist spinner Amandeep Kaur, who will be the first of her kind to play in the WPL. “We have great variety in our bowling attack. Amandeep Kaur is a left-arm wrist spinner, which is very unusual in women’s cricket. We also have Fatima Jaffer, who had a great season for domestic T20 champions Mumbai.”

Jhulan feels that with this team, Mumbai Indians won’t have any additional pressure of being the defending champions. “Mumbai Indians are known for their fighting spirit, so we will look to fight and play as a team as that is what led us to being champions in the inaugural season.”

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