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Pakistan fast bowler Kainat Imtiaz's picture with Jhulan Goswami warms hearts

04 July 2017

So when Pakistani women's team cricketer Kainat Imtiaz took to Instagram to share her admiration for the Indian women's team cricketer Jhulan Goswami, it was heartwarming to say the least.

Kainat shared with her fans on Instagram that in 2005, she saw Jhulan Goswami and "the Indian team for the first time as the Asia Cup was held in Pakistan". The 34-year-old pacer is a veteran of 158 ODIs in which she has taken 186 wickets - the highest in women's cricket history. Goswami is regarded as one of the fastest bowlers in the world and the story of her rise to the top is indeed inspiring.

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India have now beaten Pakistan every time they have met each other in women's one-day worldwide. Dhoni getting a picture clicked with Sarfaraz Ahmed's kid, Kohli gifting his bat to Mohammed Amir before last year's World T20 match, or the boys having a good laugh after losing the final match to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy, are all proof that for the players, cricket is way above boundaries. One such story of mutual respect and inspiration from each other is Kainat Imtiaz.

It was dreams come true for the Pakistan fast bowler when she played a match against a side featuring her role model. I saw @jhulangoswami. The fastest bowler of that time. Kainat, who is one of the most exciting young all-rounders in women's cricket, is a huge admirer of Indian cricketer Jhulan Goswami. The sight of Goswami in action impressed Imtiaz so much that she made a decision to take up cricket as a profession, and specialise in fast bowling. She met former Indian women captain Anjum Chopra and her post read, "Its was an honour meeting this legend". "@anjum_chopra #formerindiancaptain #respect", She captioned the picture.

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Derby: The Indian women's cricket team, on Sunday, defeated their Pakistan counterparts in a ICC Women's World Cup match at Derby, England, thereby extending their unbeaten run against their arch-rivals to 10-0. Chopra is now commentating in the ongoing World Cup.

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Pakistan fast bowler Kainat Imtiaz's picture with Jhulan Goswami warms hearts