(Reuters) – Australia ladies’s captain Sam Kerr mentioned it was an “wonderful honour” to grow to be the nation’s main scorer after she netted her 54th purpose on Friday, breaking the earlier file held by former males’s worldwide Tim Cahill.
The Matildas ahead surpassed Cahill’s tally of fifty after she struck 5 targets in Australia’s 18-0 demolition of Indonesia of their Women’s Asian Cup opener in Mumbai.
Kerr was one of many eight gamers to attain in Friday’s victory, which was Australia’s greatest ever within the competitors.
“Obviously Tim is a legend in Australia so to be in the identical dialog as him is an incredible honour,” Kerr informed reporters. “But any time I rating for my nation, it is an incredible honour.
“I did not have many so I do not take any purpose as a right…. breaking the file is wonderful and it is one thing I’ll keep in mind eternally.”
Kerr, whose father was born within the Indian metropolis of Kolkata to an English father and an Indian mom, mentioned breaking the file in India made the achievement additional particular.
“I undoubtedly thought of that earlier than the sport about how particular it will likely be for my household. It’s my first time enjoying right here in India,” Kerr added.
“It’s particular to interrupt the file and a bit extra particular doing it right here and within the Asian Cup, which is a extremely vital event to me.”
Cahill congratulated Kerr, describing the Chelsea ahead as an “inspiration”.
“You are an inspiration globally and I’m considered one of your greatest supporters and at all times right here for you on and off the park,” Cahill tweeted https://twitter.com/Tim_Cahill/standing/1484495272906530818. “Keep breaking data and most significantly benefit from the journey.”
Australia, joint-favourites together with defending champions Japan, subsequent face the Philippines in Monday’s group recreation of the continental competitors which additionally doubles up as a qualifying occasion for the 2023 World Cup.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)