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We are focused on winning a world title: Jhulan

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Veteran pacer today said winning a title remains her ultimate dream even as she's basking in the glory of becoming the to take 200 wickets in One-Day Internationals.

Down with a heel injury, returned home today after being ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against She will now head to National Academy in Bengaluru to recover within four to six weeks time.

have never won the coveted as they narrowly missed the ODI title going down to hosts England by nine runs at the Lord's in July last year in what was their second defeat in a final.

But 2018 provides them another opportunity to take a shot at glory with the World Twenty20 hosted by the defending champions from November 9-24.

"The preparation has begun from the series in With about a year left, it's the perfect time for us to prepare in the right way," Jhulan told after returning home.

"If we win, it will be like an icing in the cake. Obviously I began playing keeping in mind always. It does not come every year. It takes four years. It's like winning an Olympic gold," said the 35-year-old, who is in her 16th year of International

"The process take a long time, it does not happen overnight. It's the ultimate dream. The first target will be to be top four."

Jhulan said the process has begun and the upcoming series against England, and Cup will provide ample opportunities to sharpen their skills.

"We will be well-prepared. We have a lot of matches lined up. After the series in South Africa, there will be a tri-nation T20I series against England, There is also Cup," she said.

women will tour in March next year for a three-match ODI series as part of the ICC Women's Championship, followed by a T20I tri-series involving the hosts and England.

Giving credit to the Board for helping in their preparation, Jhulan said legendary Sachin Tendulkar's peptalk before heading to motivated the team.

"It gave a positive vibe in the team. He spent about one and half hours, talking to each one of us. He said about the South African conditions and how to adapt and play well there," she said.

"After hype was so high, it was about holding on to the momentum. That was our focus. We wanted to keep playing like where we had left.

"Everyone was focused on giving their best, and play good as a team. We had a fine preparation for the South Africa series, beginning with warm-up matches there."

Jhulan further said they have included four newcomers -- Tanya Bhatia, and -- for the series in South Africa keeping in mind the World Twenty20.

"Last two years, we were focused on playing one-dayers. Now it's the time for T20s. Concentrating on the process now."

Jhulan bagged her 200th wicket in her 166th ODI in Kimberly on February 7 when she dismissed South African opener in the fifth over with an outswinger as India went on to beat the hosts by 178 runs.

"Never thought about the milestone when I started my career. In a long career, you are bound to achieve milestones. I never ran after a milestone," the lanky pacer said.

Records are meant to be broken and among the current lot off-spinner (145) has an outside chance of going past Jhulan.

"Nothing lasts forever but I would prefer a medium-pacer breaking my record," Jhulan said.

Incidentally in the same match she sustained the heel and could not train the next day as revealed the nature of

"It will take some time to recover. I have to accept the fact. It will take four to six weeks. I had an in 2010 and before the World Twenty20 in 2016 as well. It's nothing new and I hope to be fit soon," she concluded.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 18:50 IST