One of Australia’s best cricketers has been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, becoming the fifth Australian woman to achieve the honour and the 27th Australian. She becomes the ninth woman overall to be inducted into ICC Cricket’s annual recognition of the world’s best cricketers beginning in 2009.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I would ever get to join such an illustrious group of players,” Sthalekar said on a show on the ICC digital channels. “I was fortunate enough to learn from the best when I entered the Australia team — Belinda Clark, Karen Rolton and Cathryn Fitzpatrick, all of whom have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and rightly so.”
In her decade long career as an all-rounder, Sthalekar scored a total of 3,913 runs, claimed 229 wickets, appeared in eight Tests, over 120 one-day internationals and 54 Twenty20 internationals for Australia.
“The guidance from them and other teammates along the way kept me focused but also ensured that it was a fun environment,” Sthalekar said.
Cricket Australia (CA) CA chairman Earl Eddings congratulated Sthalekar in a statement, describing Sthalekar as a “legend of Australian and international cricket.”
“This honour from the ICC recognises that. On behalf of everyone in the Australian cricket family, we congratulate Lisa on a wonderful accolade.”
Sthalekar was part of the Australian team which took out the World Cup in 2005 and 2013, and now coaches cricket professionally.
The Indian born cricketer is no stranger to national commendations. In 2007 and 2008, she was awarded the Belinda Clark Medal; the prize recognising Australia’s best female international cricketer.
Sthalekar retired in 2013 and has since become a broadcast commentator. She also serves on the board of the Australian Cricketers’ Association. Previous female cricketers include Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Betty Wilson, Karen Rolton and Belinda Clarke.
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Completely humbled by this award, thank you to all those who have sent me messages via text, social media & email. Been blown away by the 💓 I have received. Having attended ICC cricket ceremonies in the past & seen many legends inducted, never did I ever think that I would join those names in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. I was very fortunate to come into the NSW & Australian team with wonderful leaders that taught me so much about the game. Thanks to all my teammates (@auswomencricket,@nswbreakers @sixersbbl, @gordonwomenscricket @universitieswcc) that made tour life fun, challenged me & kept me motivated all those years. Also thanks to the various coaches and support staff that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep me on the park and made me a better player. To my parents & sister for all the love and support they gave me throughout my career. They were there for the highs but more importantly for the lows. Finally to all the cricket fans, thank you. Now let’s get behind this great game of ours & make sure both the women’s and men’s game prosper after this pandemic. 📸@sarah_aley03