Lisa Sthalekar awarded Cricket NSW Life Membership


One of the most decorated cricketers for NSW and Australia, Lisa Sthalekar, has been awarded Life Membership of Cricket NSW.


Lisa was inducted during the Cricket NSW Annual Meeting on Monday evening, where two new Cricket NSW Board Members were elected, Former UNSW president Danny Bhandari and Hawkesbury president Richard Timbs.


They replace David Thompson and Greg Monaghan, who retired after nine years.


A businessman specialising in finance and technology, Mr Bhandari has spent 18 years as a player and administrator with the UNSW Cricket Club and is a current director of Venues NSW.


Mr Timbs is an experienced senior business and finance professional who has a long history in cricket as a Sydney Premier Grade player for Fairfield and Hawkesbury before becoming a Hawkesbury Administrator.


With Lisa commentating on the Caribbean Premier League in the West Indies the Life Membership was accepted by her father Haren.


Lisa’s triumphs include:


  • 14 Women’s National Cricket League titles for the NSW Lendlease Breakers
  • 1 T20 title for the Lendlease Breakers
  • 1 T20 title with the Sydney Sixers
  • 2 World Cup titles with Australia
  • 2 World T20 titles with Australia
  • Numerous under-aged and Premier Cricket titles


Cricket NSW chairman John Warn said Lisa’s record as a cricketer is as remarkable as her life story.


“Almost every season that Lisa played for NSW either in under-aged competitions or with the Breakers she was part of a title-winning team,” Mr Warn said.


“To put some numbers around this phenomenal achievement, she was part of 14 Lendlease Breakers WNCL titles in 16 years, including five as captain.


“Lisa was also part of the historic Breakers team which achieved the double in what was planned to be her last season, 2012/13, when they claimed the WNCL and old state-based Twenty20 titles in the same season.”


Cricket NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones described Lisa as a cross-generational star, making the leap from largely amateur women’s cricket to the new fully professional era, led by Cricket NSW.


“It is not just young players who are attracted to the excitement and glamour of the Women’s Big Bash League. Lisa came out of retirement to play for the Sydney Sixers over the last two seasons, when she wasn’t commenting on the matches for the Ten Network.


“The Sixers of course claimed the WBBL|02 title last season.


“And just for good measure Lisa was a member of Gordon’s Premier Cricket team which won last season’s title.


“Lisa is a serial winner, and it is that winning attitude, along with outstanding all-round skills, that have made her one of the most influential players in the history of NSW cricket. Her high standards and will to win pervade our women’s programs to this day and have been a major reason for our success.”


Sitting on top of that impressive pyramid are Lisa’s outstanding international performances, highlighted by three World Cups for two titles and three World T20s, where she also won two titles.


Lisa’s statistics as a player are as daunting as her team success.


During a Test career which lasted eight years Lisa played just eight Tests, such has been the scarcity of long form cricket for Australia’s best female players. During the same period from 2003 to 2011 Ricky Ponting played 88 Tests.


Still she managed to score an unbeaten century and two half-centuries with her creative batting and claim 23 wickets with her clever off-spin.


As a quality allrounder Lisa was ideally suited to the white-ball game, playing 125 50 over internationals, third only to Karen Rolton and Alex Blackwell, and a further 54 Twenty20 internationals.


Then there is her imposing New South Wales record of 145 one-day matches, the most by any Breaker, and 45 T20 games for the Breakers along with another 25 matches for the Sixers.


Cricket NSW librarian Dr Colin Clowes has combined Lisa’s elite and international under-aged statistics to show that in all Lisa played 431 games, scoring 8495 runs with five centuries and claiming 500 wickets.”


As outstanding as Lisa’s journey through cricket has been, her journey through life is even more remarkable.


She was left by her parents soon after her birth in an orphanage in Pune. Haren and Syu Sthalekar visited the orphanage to adopt a baby boy, but once Mrs Sthalekar saw Lisa, she fell in love with the girl. After that, they moved to the US, then Kenya and finally to Australia.


Her father had a real passion for cricket. He started playing with Sthalekar when she was only five years old, making sure that she was coached properly from a young age.


Lisa has lived and breathed cricket for most of her life, working in the female pathway for Cricket NSW during a decade that saw her help develop many of the players who are now winning titles.





Team               format  mtch    runs     ave      HS            100s    50s      wkts     ave      bb


NSW                WNCL 145^    3414    34.14   108*     2            17        166      21.95   4-7


NSW                T20      45       587     21.74   53        -            2          50       14.94   5-11


Sixers              T20      25         91      11.37   31*       -            -           19       20.73   4-23


Australia          Test     8          416      32.00   120*     1            2          23        20.95   5-30


Australia          ODI      125      2728    30.65   104*     2            16        146      24.97   5-35


Australia          T20I     54       769      21.36   52        -            1          60        19.35   4-18    


World Cups     2005#, 2009, 2013#

World T20s     2009, 2010#, 2012#

^ Games record holder for NSW

# Titles won by Australia

*Denotes not out