Lisa Sthalekar’s journey from an orphanage in Pune to captaining the Australian women's cricket team is nothing short of remarkable.
One of the most influential and inspirational Australian cricketers – who continues to trailblaze after retirement – was the No.1 women's all-rounder when the ICC rankings were introduced in 2008, and retired as the No.1 all-rounder and bowler in T20Is and the No.2 all-rounder and bowler in ODIs. She was involved in four successful women's World Cup campaigns (two ODIs and two T20Is) and as an off-spin bowler and a right-handed batter, she was the first female cricketer to make the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in women's ODIs.
While playing, she also forged a path to be involved with the game after retirement and became the first woman to be appointed to the Australian Cricketers' Association Executive in 2011. In 2015, she became one of the four female commentators in the Indian Premier League.
Sthalekar was inducted into the ICC’s Hall of Fame in 2020.