Indian-origin Oz cricket star Lisa Sthalekar set to hang up boots
Sydney: Indian-origin Australian all rounder Lisa Sthalekar has revealed she is considering retirement from cricket, and added her appearance in their World Cup final against the West Indies on Sunday would be definitely her last at a World Cup.
The 33-year-old off-spinner said she could not think of a better note on which to leave the game than beating the West Indies in Mumbai and being part of a second victorious Southern Stars ODI World Cup team.
Sthalekar believes her last World Cup match is not a big deal, but her pending retirement will leave a gaping hole in Australian women`s cricket.
Sthalekar has won two Belinda Clark awards for being the top female cricketer in Australia, and countless tributes as one of the sport`s greatest all-rounders.
Sthalekar said she doesn’t know if it will be her last game, adding she doesn’t want to be playing when she is 37 years old.
Sthalekar added it’s not a big deal and all the girls are just focused on getting physically and mentally prepared for the game.
Sthalekar said Sunday’s final game was not a shot at redemption after the 2009 World Cup held in Australia, where the hosts failed to make the final.