Mithali Raj reckons her biopic will inspire more girls to play cricket
Star woman cricketer Mithali Raj has been an integral part of Indian woman cricket history. She made her international debut in the year 1999 and has played 10 Tests, 209 ODIs and 89 T20Is and has by far aggregated over 9,000 runs in her career with as many as 7 hundreds and 53 fifties in ODIs, one hundred and four fifties in Tests and 17 fifties in T20Is. She has maintained an average in excess of 50 in white-ball cricket.
Mithali Raj is thrilled and excited over the upcoming biopic and is now looking forward to seeing Taapsee Pannu portraying her character in the biopic. India captain in Tests and ODIs, Mithali Raj expects her biopic captioned ‘Shabhaash Mithu’ to motivate young girls to join cricket. In the movie, Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu will play the role of the ace batswoman and the first poster recently came out to attract the fans.
The biopic which is directed by Rahul Dholakia will be released on February 5, 2021. In fact, Taapsee Pannu also wrote in the caption of the poster of the film that Mithali is a ‘game-changer’.
“I’m happy that there is a biopic on my story because a lot will be shown about the struggles of a woman cricketer. When we started way back in the ”90s, the journey of a woman cricketer in our country was difficult,” the 37-year-old Mithali Raj was quoted as saying by Outlook.
She even stressed on the fact there are many girls who wish to play cricket but feel that there is not much future for them to grow and the Pannu-starrer will go a long way in fulfilling their dreams.
“It will also inspire a lot of young girls who dream about becoming a cricketer. Many young girls have the urge to play the sport but never get to see it on television so they feel there is no scope. This will open a lot of opportunities for them to dream,” she added.
“I feel quite nice about having Taapsee on board to tell my story. I have seen a sports drama where she played a hockey player. She kind of has this way of playing a sportsperson. And I think what little I’ve seen of her, she will be able to even ape my skill at some level,” she said.