McGrath lauds Sthalekar for getting retirement timing right

Feb 19, 2013, 09:02 IST | IANS

Australian bowling legend Glenn McGrath congratulated compatriot Lisa Sthalekar after she hung up her boots yesterday, a day after winning the ICC Women's World Cup

“Congratulations to @sthalekar93 on an outstanding career. Perfect way to finish with another ODI World Cup win,” tweeted McGrath.

The Pune-born all-rounder concluded her cricketing career after having played 125 One-Day Internationals (ODI) scoring 2728 runs and taking 146 wickets. Australia won their sixth World Cup title beating the West Indies by 114 runs at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.

Australia’s Lisa Sthalekar after winning the ICC World Cup on Sunday. Pic/AFP

Sthalekar said the decision to retire from international cricket did not come easy.

“To finish my international career by playing in a successful ICC Women’s World Cup in the country of my birth is quite special for me,” Sthalekar said.

‘Right time to quit’
“I feel that this is the right time for me to retire and I’ve been fortunate to be able to represent Australia for as long as I have and to have been a part of some very successful teams.

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