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IPL 2021: Heartbreaking To See David Warner Being Treated Like This, Says Lisa Sthalekar

Lisa Sthalekar, the former Australian cricketer-turned commentator, has termed Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) treatment of David Warner to be “heartbreaking” to see. Speaking at CricBuzz Live, Lisa Sthalekar stated that the treatment that has been meted out to David Warner this season by SRH is unfair considering his contributions to the franchise over the years.

David Warner’s relationship with SRH unravelled quite stunningly over the course of IPL 2021. The left-handed opener, who scored in excess of 500 runs in six consecutive IPL seasons for the franchise besides taking them to multiple playoffs and a title triumph in 2016, was stripped of his leadership duties during the first leg. In addition to that, David Warner was also dropped from SRH’s playing XI.

Lisa Sthalekar
Lisa Sthalekar. Image Credits: Twitter

Lisa Sthalekar: Heartbreaking And Hate To See David Warner’s Treatment As He Was Axed By SRH Management

As the IPL 2021 season resumed in UAE, David Warner featured in the first two games for SRH but aggregated just 2 runs. IPL 2021 has been his worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73. He did make a return to playing XI at the start of the UAE leg of IPL 2021 but was once again dropped after a couple of poor outings.

“It’s actually very heartbreaking when you think of the fact that David Warner has produced so much for that franchise. He has led them to so many finals, obviously title victory in 2016. I don’t know what’s going on behind but it has to be massive for them to be treating him like this. It doesn’t sit well with me regardless of what he has done. I hate it to be honest, I hate it, ” said Lisa Sthalekar.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner wasn’t with the team either for a few matches after he was dropped. However, he was finally seen again in SRH’s most recent game against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), sitting in the stands waving the Sunrisers flag.

Lisa Sthalekar Wants SRH To Play David Warner In The Last Game

It seems certain that David Warner will not be retained by the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise next year. Hence, with just two games left this year, former women cricketer Lisa Sthalekar wants SRH to give him the farewell that the former IPL-winning skipper deserves. She believes David Warner should feature in the starting XI for one last time before the season comes to an end.

“Since they are not going to keep him next year, I would like them (SRH) to let him play the last game because how many Hyderabad fans they have lost because of the way they have treated Warner,” Lisa Sthalekar said.

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Image Credit: Twitter)

SRH will lock horns with the Royal Challengers in their penultimate game on Wednesday (October 6). The franchise will then cap off their campaign against the Mumbai Indians on October 8 in Abu Dhabi.

David Warner has been SRH’s star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017, and 2019, having amassed 4014 runs in 95 games for the franchise at a whopping average of 49.56 and striking at 142.59.

He is still the IPL’s 5th highest scorer, having amassed 5449 runs in 150 games averaging 41.59 with 4 tons and 50 fifties. He has hit the maximum number of the fifties in IPL history. Assured of a play-off berth, Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to inch closer to a top-two finish in the league stage when they play Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL tonight.

ICC, 2020 T20 World Cup
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ICC Hall Of Fame 2020 Includes Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Abbas, Lisa Sthalekar

ICC Hall of Fame announced the latest inductees who are former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, former Pakistan skipper Zaheer Abbas and former Australian women team’s captain Lisa Sthalekar.   

ICC made the announcement during a live show on social media which had Sunil Gavaskar, Melanie Jones and Shaun Pollock as the chief guests while Wasim Akram, Graeme Smith and Alyssa Healy also played a part in congratulating the new inductees.

Jacques Kallis, ICC Hall Of Fame
Jacques Kallis Getty

ICC Hall Of Fame’s New Inductee Jacques Kallis Is Honored

Former South African Jacques Kallis has a record of winning 23 Player of Match awards in Test career besides having above 10000 runs and 200 wickets in both Tests and ODIs and is the team’s highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs.

“It’s a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. It is something that I never expected when I started playing. I certainly did not play the game for any accolades or anything like that, I only wanted to win the games for whoever I was playing for.”

“But it is nice to be recognized when one has succeeded in the sport, it is nice to be recognized by people for something that you have achieved in the game, something that I am really proud of,” Kallis said.

Jacques Kallis is the 4th South African player to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame while Zaheer Abbas is the 7th from Pakistan. Lisa Sthalekar is the 27th from Australia and the 9th woman player in the list, which includes 5 from Australia. The 8 others include Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Belinda Clark, Enid Bakewell, Debbie Hockley, Betty Wilson, Karen Rolton, Claire Taylor, Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

ICC Hall Of Fame’s New Woman Inductee Lisa Sthalekar Deeply Humbled

Lisa Sthalekar is ODI World Cup winner in 2005 and 2013 besides being T20 World Cup winner in 2010 and 2012 and is the first woman to achieve the ODI double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets.

Lisa Sthalekar, ICC Hall Of Fame
Lisa Sthalekar

“I am deeply humbled to receive this honour. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I would ever get to join such an illustrious group of players.”

“I was fortunate enough to learn from the best when I entered the Australia team Belinda Clark, Karen Rolton and Cathryn Fitzpatrick, all of whom have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and rightly so. The guidance from them and other teammates along the way kept me focused but also ensured that it was a fun environment. Thanks to all my teammates.”

“It goes without saying that if it wasn’t for the support of my family, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have,” Lisa Sthalekar said.

In all, 93 players have been inducted so far under the system, which sees retired players become eligible five years after playing their last international match.

ICC Hall Of Fame’s New Inductee Zaheer Abbas Felt Privileged

Zaheer Abbas is the first batsman to score 5 successive tons and the only Asian to score 100 first-class centuries.

“I feel privileged and truly humbled to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame of the class of 2020. I am excited to be in the midst of other illustrious cricketers.

“I would like to say a special thanks to my family, my country Pakistan, my county Gloucestershire and many fans worldwide who helped me achieve and fulfil my dreams by playing this great game at the highest level. Thank you, ICC, and the members of the jury, for this special honour. It is a final recognition for any cricketer.”

Zaheer Abbas, ICC Hall Of Fame
Zaheer Abbas. (Image Credit: Google)

“This great game has made me the person I am. Thank you cricket,” Zaheer Abbas said.

In 2019, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar became the 6th Indian to be inducted in the Hall of Fame alongside former South Africa pacer Allan Donald and twice World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

Before inclusion of Sachin Tendulkar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid were also in ICC’s Hall of Fame.

Lisa Sthalekar, Women's T20 Challenge, WBBL, UAE
Lisa Sthalekar. Image Credit: Twitter.

Without Overseas Player, Women’s T20 Challenge Might Not Be The Best Product: Lisa Sthalekar

Australian cricketer-turned-commentator Lisa Sthalekar opined that the upcoming Women’s T20 Challenge in UAE might not be ‘the best product’ because the overseas player, especially Australians, would missing the competition. Her remark is the reaction to the clashing of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and Women’s T20 Challenge’s schedule. 

India women’s domestic tournament, Women’s T20 Challenge, is scheduled parallelly with men’s Indian Premier League’s (IPL) playoffs from November 1-9. On the other hand, Australia’s premier T20 league, WBBL, is slated to held from October 17-November 29. So, the two tournament dates are clashing each other. Thus, several Australian cricketers, including Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes, will be forced to miss the T20 Challenge. Alternatively, Indian cricketers will also be unavailable for WBBL. 

Thus, Lisa Sthalekar is unimpressed with the Board of Control Cricket In India’s (BCCI) decision. She opined that in the upcoming edition in the UAE, the overseas players would not be participating which would lower the competition. 

Trailblazers vs Supernovas
Women’s T20 Challenge, 2019. Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Lisa Sthalekar advised that the Indian board should have scheduled their competition after WBBL in December. As per her, the extended period would have given the BCCI some time to upgrade the Women’s T20 Challenge like IPL, six to eight teams participating. 

“The unfortunate part is there’s already a WBBL competition taking place. They could have done two things: they could have gone with what they’re doing or the second thing is they could have to bite the bullet and tried to find six or eight teams and hold it in December after the WBBL, potentially flying over the internationals.

“The issue for me is it [the T20 Challenge] is not necessarily the best product because you’re going to miss out on Australian players and potentially some international players [from other countries], so the product won’t be as good as it could be. 

Lisa Sthalekar on positive take away from Women’s T20 Challenge:

Harmanpreet Kaur, Supernovas, Trailblazers
Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, Lisa acknowledges that India’s domestic tournament would allow Indian cricket to hunt talented players for the future. 

“But selfishly, from an Indian domestic point of view, it’s giving those players a chance to play more cricket and potentially opening up a few more nodes for players on the fringe, who might get a chance. And that will, hopefully, allow the BCCI to see there is enough depth for the board to have a full-fledged women’s IPL-style competition next year and then everyone can join in at the proper time, in April-May.

Meanwhile, Indian cricketers after the break of over six months have got the stage in the UAE to resume the sport.  

Lisa Sthalekar, Rajasthan Royals
Lisa Sthalekar (Image Credit: Google)

Lisa Sthalekar Joins Rajasthan Royals As Advisor – Youth Cricket

Former Australian women’s national cricket team all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar has taken the advisor role of Rajasthan Royals’ youth and junior cricket programmes.

In last October, the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Rajasthan Royals launched their youth programmes. They set up Royals Colts for the boys and Royal Sparks for the girls. India-born Lisa Sthalekar was present in the felicitation ceremony for the selected youngsters. Around 3,000 children participated in the trials in Jaipur.

Lisa Sthalekar, Rajasthan Royals
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Selected children were present in the high-performance training camp in Nagpur. In that camp, the franchise coaches taught them. All the participants also attended the nutrition and mental conditioning sessions.

Now, the franchise has appointed Lisa Sthalekar as the “Advisor – Youth Cricket” for the junior cricket programmes. Sthalekar will now create a yearly plan for the Royals Colts and Royals Sparks. Some of her responsibilities in this list are creating high-performance camps, competitions etc.

To encourage the youngsters in cricket, Sthalekar will also organise the school tournaments.

The franchise has welcomed the former Australian women’s all-rounder. They are confident about her work.

Rajasthan Royals’ Executive Chairman, Ranjit Barthakur said, “We welcome Lisa to the Royals family and we are confident that with her efforts the team will continue to progress and excel in building a nationwide programme where every talented kid can come and showcase their skills, get mentored and trained by the best professionals in the sport.”

Lisa Sthalekar is also happy to take this role.

She said, “I am extremely pleased to join Rajasthan Royals as an advisor. I am looking forward to my role of identifying and nurturing cricketing talent, especially the girls, so that they can make a mark for themselves in the cricketing world.”

Lisa Sthalekar had a shining cricket career

Lisa Sthalekar played international cricket for Australia women from 2003 to 2013. She played eight Tests, 125 ODIs and 54 T20Is where she scored 416, 2,728 and 769 runs respectively and also took 23, 146 and 60 wickets respectively. Sthalekar was the first player to achieve the double milestone – 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in Women’s ODI career. She is also a reputed commentator.

Lisa Sthalekar, Rajasthan Royals
Lisa Sthalekar (Image Credit: Google)

Sthalekar also led the Australia women’s national cricket team in three ODIs. She represented the national team in three Women’s Cricket World Cups (2005, 2009 and 2013) out of which Australia women’s won two crowns.

Sthalekar was also a part of Australia women’s ICC Women’s World T20 victories in 2010 and 2012.