In the recent podcast episode of 22 Yarns, a podcast hosted by Gaurav Kapur, former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar shared her childhood experiences with cricket and the cricketing opportunities she got in Australia.
Former Australian all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar has represented her country in 8 Test matches, 125 One-Day Internationals, and 54 T20 Internationals during her 12 year-long international career. She was the first player to achieve the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Women’s One Day Internationals. She is featured in ICC, Cricket Australia, and CNSW Hall of Fame. She was a part of the Sydney Sixers squad from 2015 to 2017.
Currently, Sthalekar works as a broadcaster with Channel 7 across domestic and international cricket and works as a commentator in leagues like IPL too. Sthalekar voiced her opinion about the current Indian women’s team and said that she is really impressed with their performance in England’s new domestic league, The Hundred.
The Hundred is a cricketing tournament with a unique format. In every inning, only 100 balls will be played, giving importance to the balls rather than the overs. It is a gender-balanced tournament where 8 men’s and women’s teams will simultaneously compete for five weeks, with finals being played on August 21.
She also said that the Indian players will get to learn a lot from the coaches and will be able to implement these things in the domestic circuit too.
“The most pleasing thing is these players are getting an opportunity to play in The Hundred. They will learn different things from different coaches. The training, mentality and tactics, all the insight they can bring to the domestic game in India,” said Sthalekar.
Lisa Sthalekar was quite outspoken about her support of the idea of a proper women’s IPL and said that it is surely possible to start it with 4 to 6 teams.