Jhulan Goswami’s absence will be a blow to an Indian side looking to build on its historic success in the preceding three-match One-Day International series. © Getty Images

Jhulan Goswami’s absence will be a blow to an Indian side looking to build on its historic success in the preceding three-match One-Day International series. © Getty Images

Jhulan Goswami, the former skipper and the veteran pacer, has been ruled out of India Women’s five-match Twenty20 International series against South Africa with a heel injury.

The first of five matches is to be played in Potchefstroom on Tuesday (February 13), and Goswami’s absence will be a blow to an Indian side looking to build on its historic success in the preceding three-match One-Day International series. Under Mithali Raj, India won 2-1, their first ODI series triumph in South Africa.

Goswami had played her part in that run with figures of 4 for 24 and 1 for 29 in the two wins in Kimberley last week. Along the way, she became the first player to pick up 200 wickets in Women’s ODIs. She didn’t play the final game of the series, which India lost.

Goswami underwent an MRI scan on Monday and results revealed that the heel needed to be treated with care. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a release on Tuesday that their medical team, in consultation with a local doctor in South Africa, felt she required rest for a couple of weeks to prevent further impact on the bone. Goswami will consult a foot expert on her arrival back in India, and then undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

Goswami, 35, has 50 wickets from 60 T20Is, and her unavailability will test Harmanpreet Kaur, the T20I skipper.