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Indian touch in Aussie women's cricket

Sydney: Australia aren't just the world's best men's cricket team. Even the Australian women are world champions and their vice-captain, Lisa Sthalekar, is a 28-year-old of Indian origin.

Lisa was born in Pune in 1979 and although her family left India when she was still an infant, she was destined to play cricket.

"My father has a passion for it and he is an Indian man. I think it is in the blood so I was always destined to go outside and throw the cricket ball," Lisa said.

A hard-hitting batswoman who can bowl some useful off-spin, Lisa has played five Tests and 64 One-Dayers for Australia. She was among the nominees for the ICC's women's cricketer of the year last year and believes Australia's success can be credited to good planning.

"Cricket Australia has allowed us to access good resources and to play major matches at the SCG and to access Australian coaches who work with the men," she said.

And Lisa has not forgotten her Indian roots.

He favourite Indian food is the masala dosa. When she is asked about her favourite Indian actor she stumbles first and then takes the name of Aishwarya Rai.

Among the Hindi flims she likes Kal Ho Na Ho while Mumbai, where her grandmother lives, is her favourite Indian city.



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