Last Update on: May 29th, 2023 at 05:26 pm
Former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar spoke about the Australian mindset that India women’s team need to learn to outplay Australia in knockout games. Lisa Sthalekar is a former Australian skipper who led the Australia team to many laurels under her leadership.
Whether it is bilateral series, ICC tournaments, or multi-nation tournaments, India Women have always found it hard to outplay the Australia Women’s team. For instance, they lost the semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2023 to Australia. Last year, India Women lost to Australia in the final of the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Lisa Sthalekar Advises India Women To Learn This Australian Mindset
While speaking to PTI about India Women’s Team, former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar said that India Women need to learn the Australian mindset that ‘you can win from any situation’.
“When I was playing and it is the same now, the Australian team believes it can win from any situation, simply because it has done it in the past. I can talk about my generation. At my state team New South Wales, we used to win national titles regularly and there were times we should not have won but we managed to somehow”, Lisa Sthalekar told PTI.
“So once you have that belief, it is very hard to train and coach that. You got to be put in those situations and you need to come out of it successfully to start to believing that (you can win from any situation). For India, they have been this close so many times, they just need to get over the line and the tide will change,” the Pune-born cricketer further said.
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BCCI introduced the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) this year, to develop women’s cricket in India. However, Lisa Sthalekar feels that besides WPL, India Women’s team also need an India A team to create a bucket of players for the national level.
“Besides the WPL (Women’s Premier League), potentially if they can put together an India A side that travels that will be an important stepping stone to creating a bucket of players who are pushing for selection at the highest level.
“Once there is a big influx for fighting for positions, then this Indian team would go to the next level. They are the one side that pushes Australia regularly. With more competitive regularly, whether state or WPL or A side, you might see them win those crucial moments in an ICC event,” Lisa Sthalekar further added.
The 43-year-old Lisa Sthalekar is a former Australia cricketer and captain. She played for Australia from 2001 to 2013, playing 8 Tests, 125 ODIs, and 54 T20I games for the team. She was an all-rounder and was born in Pune city of Maharashtra. Since her retirement, Sthalekar has worked as a cricket commentator.