Former Australia all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar was inducted in ICC’s Hall of Fame on August 23. The announcement was made during a live stream on ICC’s social media channels, hosted by commentator Alan Wilkins.
This also featured cricket greats Sunil Gavaskar, Melanie Jones and Shaun Pollock as the main guests and later Wasim Akram, Graeme Smith and Alyssa Healy joined to congratulate and appreciate the 2020 inductees as well. It is noteworthy that she is the ninth female cricketer and fifth Australian after Belinda Clark, Betty Wilson, Karen Rolton and Cathryn Fitzpatrick to receive this prestigious honour.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said, “It is always a pleasure to announce the latest set of inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. These are all players with a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations for years to come. I congratulate Zaheer, Jacques and Lisa on their inclusion in the pantheon of cricket greats.”
Lisa Sthalekar was considered as one of the best all-rounders in world cricket. She has topped both ODI batting and bowling rankings in her cricketing career. She was the first female cricketer to achieve the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in ODI cricket. Notably, she spent a total of 934 days as the No.1 ranked ODI all-rounder (2007-2010).
Moreover, she was featured in the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2005 and 2013 and ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2010 and 2012 as well. Apart from that, she has won 12 Women’s National Cricket League titles with New South Wales and won as a captain for five consecutive times as well.
Lisa Sthalekar said, “I am deeply humbled to receive this honour. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I would ever get to join such an illustrious group of players.”
“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. The guidance from them and other teammates along the way kept me focused but also ensured that it was a fun environment. Thanks to all my teammates,” she added.
“It goes without saying that if it wasn’t for the support of my family, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have,” Lisa Sthalekar concluded.