Meet the India-born Aussie eves cricketer

Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2004, 18:26 [IST]
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Bangalore:For Pune-born Lisa Sthalekar, a member of the Australian women's cricket team, the ongoing tour of seven limited overs matches in India is special and exciting in a unique way.

"It's very special and exciting. I always wanted to play here (India)", the 25-year-old told PTI here on phone from Mysore where she played a key role in the tourists' back-to-back victory against India.

Lisa, born to an Indian father Haren and Englishwoman Sue in 1979, started playing cricket early and it was her father who was instrumental in her taking up cricket as a career.

"It (playing cricket) is in the blood (of all Indians). My father, who is a consultant, encouraged me to take up cricket as I did not have a brother and we started playing the game in our backyard in Sydney."

Lisa is keen to visit Pune but would not be able to make the trip this time because of time constraints.

"It's a shame that I am not able to visit Pune, where I was born. I will make another trip. But I will catch up with family members in Mumbai."

The Australian team, led by Belinda Clarke, is leaving Mysore today for Mumbai, where it would play its third ODI on December 16.

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