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5 Questions with Cricket World: Will never forget Australia's T20 World Cup winning moment - Lisa Sthalekar

Lisa Sthalekar of Australia batting

Lisa Sthalekar, former Australian captain and member of many World Cup winning Aussie teams, talks to Cricket World about the recently concluded T20 World Cup, some of her earliest memories of visiting a cricket ground and her best and worst memory of India.


Like the title of her autobiography 'Shaker: Run Maker, Wicket Taker', Lisa Sthalekar has had a unique life. She was born in Pune and adopted as a baby by her English mother Sue and Indian father Haren. The Sthalekars, who already had a baby girl, were actually looking to adopt a baby boy to complete the family.  Instead, they became the proud parents of a girl who went on to play 125 ODIs, 54 T20Is and 8 Tests for Australia. 

Sthalekar holds the distinction of being the first ever women’s cricketer to bring up the double of 1000 ODI runs and 100 wickets. She has been part of Australia's World Cup winning sides in 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2013 - when she hung her boots, after a memorable World Cup title win in her country of birth.

The all-rounder was awarded the ICC Women’s Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008. She was also nominated the ICC Women’s T20 Player of the Year in 2012. Sthalekar came out of retirement to play a crucial role in guiding Sydney Sixers to the 2016-17 WBBL title.


Here's what Lisa Sthalekar had to say as we caught up with her for our new series, 5 Questions with Cricket World:


Q: What's the first thing you'd like to do once normalcy returns?


A: Given that our restrictions are now easing, we are able to go out have dinner with our friends, so for me at this stage, is to be able to get on a plane and cover a game of cricket. Didn't realise HOW much I love what I do.


Q: Australia's T20 World Cup winning moment and your teary-eyed image will remain iconic for the decades to come. Of course, the trophy was won, but what made you so emotional? 


A: The reason why I was so emotional was the fact, that I never thought that I would see the MCG with 86,000 plus turning up to watch a women's match. It has been a dream for all past players as soon as we have played at the highest level and for that to occur was amazing. I was actually in tears during the national anthem, but of course the winning moment, when you saw the crowd rise as one, was something that I will never forget!


Q: What was the most extraordinary thing, you think, in this year's Women's T20 World Cup apart from the record 86k attendance?


A: I still remember walking to the ground for the opening match with my father. I wasn't working on that game so was a genuine fan. My father hadn't really been to many women's matches since my retirement in 2013, so to share that with him and see a huge crowd there and kids talking to their parents about certain Australian players was amazing. My father commented that he felt that he was walking to a men's match. The look and feel was exactly the same.


Q: What are your memories of the time when your Dad took you to a women's Test match between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval.


A: My memory of that game, was walking up the stairs and then seeing the beautiful ground of North Sydney Oval, which has become almost the home of women's cricket in this State. Seeing the Test and the women out there in their culottes, I all of a sudden had people to look up to. It gave me the hope and the desire to one day do what they where doing. Also what I noticed was the stadium was practically empty, but was a beautiful sunny Sydney day!


Q: What's your best and worst memory of India?


A: Best memory of India in terms of playing is hard, because I love India so much. Though my first tour in 2004, we played at a private ground in Vapi and we would have had close to 18,000 people there watching which was the biggest crowd that I had played in front of. Also I can't go past my last game for my country the World Cup final on CCI's ground to win the World Cup and take that catch!!


The worst memory of India would also have to be on my first tour in 2004 and our final match. We had just landed in Chennai after the tsunami had hit and we were unaware. Once the impact of that event was realised by the group we just wanted to get out of there and be at home. That last ODI was one of our worst as we were bowled out cheaply. But to be honest, I don't really have any bad memories of India.


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