Currently, everyone is talking about the Indians women’s cricket team and their wonderful performance in the recently-concluded ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. The brave hearts from India were defeated by the hosts England by just 9 runs in the final. It was this tournament that brought the Indian Women’s cricket team into the limelight. With their best ever performance in the grandest platform of women’s cricket, the women in blue have made a name for themselves. And among them were Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma. The women in blue are household names now.
Despite Mithali Raj and Co finishing off a great campaign with a disappointing loss, they won the millions of heart and today every Indian feels proud of them seeing the way they fought throughout the tournament against all teams. While Kaur and Mandhana will be seen donning the blue jersey in the next editions of World Cups to come, it was probably the last go at the trophy for skipper Mithali Raj. She is 34 and her career was absolutely fantastic as she has scored 6190-runs in women’s ODI- highest ever. And her contribution to Indian Women’s cricket over the years is really commendable.
Hence, now after the legends like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Milkha Singh, Mary Kom and the Phogat family, Mithali Raj’s story is set feature on the silver screen. The agency which handles the portfolios of cricketers like Raj and Kaur, Medallin Sports, has admitted that they have received an offer letter from a production house to make a biopic on the Indian skipper. Interestingly, a publishing house has been approached for the rights of an autobiography of Raj after a picture of her reading a book to calm her nerves before going out to bat went viral. Meanwhile, a number of corporate houses, ranging from two-wheelers, FCMGs to real estate companies are interested in boarding them as brand ambassadors too.
While Raj already was a popular cricketer in the brand endorsement field, boasting of six to eight contracts, Kaur has been suddenly bagged to the limelight after his stunning knock of 171 in the semi-final against Australia. A key factor behind Harmanpreet’s growth was her stint in Women’s Big Bash league in Australia last year. T20 leagues help players to develop the social ability to soak in the pressure, something which the Indian team was found wanting in the final overs at the Lord’s. Both Mithali and Harmanpreet have played an important role in taking India to the final against England. Harmanpreet played a swashbuckling 171-run knock against Australia in the semi-final match, which made her the highest Indian scorer in the World Cup.
Meanwhile, this is a great thing that the world is now promoting Indian women cricketers and this act will surely help many young girls to take up the sport.