Former Australia captain Lisa Sthalekar has been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Cricket Australia knowledgeable on Friday.
Sthalekar’s profession included eight Exams, 125 ODIs and 54 T20IS for Australia from 2001-13, scoring nearly 4,000 runs (3,913-including three centuries) earlier than retiring from the sport after the 2013 World Cup win in Mumbai.
She was member of 4 Australian World Cup-winning groups throughout the ODI and T20 codecs and captained Australia in three ODIs towards New Zealand in 2006. The 41-year-old was named Girls’s Worldwide Cricketer of the Yr in 2007, and was awarded the Belinda Clark Medal-recognising Australia’s finest ladies’s worldwide cricketer – in 2007 and 2008. In August 2020, she grew to become the twenty seventh Australian to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
“Lisa Sthlalekar comfortably sits on the desk of Girls’s cricket trailblazers alongside Belinda Clark, Karen Rolton and Melanie Jones, and the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame is delighted to welcome her as the newest inductee,” Peter King, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Chairman, mentioned.
“Because the Australian ladies’s cricket workforce conquers all earlier than them, it has been Lisa’s ardour and talent as a cricketer and her braveness and willpower in her post-cricket profession, that has pushed elite requirements of professionalism within the ladies’s recreation. She left the game as a four-time World Cup winner and a plethora of private accolades, however has continued to advocate and champion the Girls’s recreation as an administrator, commentator and ambassador,” King added.
Since retirement, Sthalekar has been a powerful advocate for the elevated professionalism of the ladies’s recreation via serving on the board of the Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation (ACA) and as a director with the Federation of Worldwide Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).
Her involvement in cricket additionally extends via to her work as a number one broadcast commentator in some of the sport’s pre-eminent competitions, together with the BBL and WBBL, together with the Indian Premier League.
Clea Smith, former teammate and Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation board member, mentioned: “Lisa is a really worthy inductee into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.”
“On the sector, her stats with each bat and ball communicate for themselves. She was one of the fiercest rivals going round, however all the time managed to do it with a smile on her face,” Smith added.
Mel Jones, former teammate and Cricket Australia board member, mentioned that Sthalekar Lisa totally deserved to be inducted within the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
“I used to be lucky sufficient to play with Lisa and witness her develop as an excellent all-rounder in all three codecs of cricket. Since retiring, Lisa has been a commentating mainstay all over the world and never solely continues to play an vital function in constructing the profile of the ladies’s cricket however extra importantly is a powerful voice throughout each the lads’s and ladies’s recreation,” mentioned Jones.
“This induction is implausible recognition of Lisa’s arduous work and on behalf of Cricket Australia, I wish to congratulate Lisa for her unbelievable contribution to the sport on and off the sector,” she added