Biographical films on cricketers have been the flavour of the season. The life stories of the likes of MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar have already created waves in the theatres and the fans might witness yet another biopic on one of the most beloved cricketers in the country right now – Mithali Raj.
The batting stalwart recently led India’s women team to the World Cup final where the Women in Blue ended up on the losing side after a valiant effort that nearly took them to the coveted title. The nine-run loss was surely heartbreaking but there is no denying that the stupendous performance in the tournament where Mithali Raj & Co. defeated the likes of England, New Zealand and Australia to make it to the final has done a world of good for the women’s game.
The BCCI has already announced a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh for every player and the popularity of the World Cup stars is only going to soar in the coming days.
And two players of the India’s World Cup squad – Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur, it seems, are going to cash in for their brilliant performance in England. While Raj finished the tournament as India’s top scorer, Harmanpreet Kaur stole the show with her majestic 115-ball 171* runs knock against Australia in the semifinal.
According to Gulf News, a number of film production houses are already exploring the possibility of making a biopic on Mithali Raj while the India Inc. is looking at the inspirational player and Harmanpreet Kaur as their brand ambassadors. The report claimed that a production house approached Medallin Sports, which handles the portfolio of the two cricketers, to discuss the possibilities of a biopic on Raj. And the queries have only escalated after duo’s fine show in the World Cup.
“We have started to receive a range of queries on the duo over the last fortnight or so. In Mithali’s case, a publishing house has approached us for the rights of an autobiography of her after a picture of her reading a book to calm her nerves before going out to bat became viral. A number of corporate houses, ranging from two-wheelers, FMCGs to real estate companies meanwhile are interested in taking them on board as brand ambassadors,” Varun Chopra, the co-founder of Medallin Sports, told Gulf News.
Raj is now the leading run-scorer in ODIs and is also the only woman cricketer to have crossed the 6,000-run mark in the 50-over format. Harmanpreet, on the other hand, was having an average World Cup before she hogged the limelight with her unbelievable innings against Australia. Mithali had said that playing in the Big Bash League helped Harmanpreet to improve her game and Chopra also came up with the same reason.
“A key factor behind Kaur’s growth as a cricketer was her stint in the T20 Big Bash for women in Australia last year. The T20 leagues help players develop that special ability to soak in the pressure — something which the Indian team was found wanting in the final overs at The Lords,” said Chopra.