Lisa Sthalekar


BornAugust 13, 1979


Lisa Carprini Sthalekar is an Indian-born former female Australian international cricketer. In domestic cricket she represents New South Wales. She is a right-handed all rounder who bowls off spin, and was rated as the leading all rounder in the world. She is the first woman to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODIs. Sthalekar made her debut in the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) late in 1997–98 with the rpofile of a specialist bowler. In three years, she scored only 169 runs with a best score of 33. In 2000–01 Sthalekar took 11 wickets and scored 112 runs in the WNCL and was called into the Australian team for the first time. Playing as a bowler, she made her One Day International (ODI) debut againstEngland and ended the tour of the British Isles with five wickets from as many matches. In 2001–02, Sthalekar developed into a frontline batsman. She totalled 347 runs, more than her four previous seasons combined, and took 11 wickets as New South Wales won their sixth consecutive WNCL with a clean sweep. In early 2003, she made her Test debut against England, and made 120 not out, her maiden century, in her second match. In 2003–04 and the following season, Sthalekar took 14 wickets apiece and reached 250 runs in each season. She took seven wickets in the two-Test series against England, and upon returning to Australia, made 72 and took 5/30 in an innings win over India. She ended the season with consecutive ODI fifties against New Zealand, and was named the Australian International Woman Cricketer of the Year for both 2007 and 2008. She reached her maiden WNCL century in 2009–10 having ended unbeaten in the nineties on two occasions in the five-year period. During the 2009 World Cup held in New South Wales and Canberra, Sthalekar was Australia's leading wicket-taker.
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