From Virat Kohli to Sourav Ganguly, cricketers whose lives can be represented in a biopic
First Published 20, Oct 2020, 8:08 PM
India has produced such impeccable players who are role models for many. The life of such players can be presented in the form of a biopic/movie, which will motivate the masses. Here are some of the Indian players whose life can be presented on screen.
Cricketers' lives are often filled with unending struggles before they capture this glory. Most of them have tackled many adversities in their lives in order to pursue their passion, which fans are rarely aware of. A biopic is a true way to depict a person’s journey and we have seen the lives of MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, and Mohammad Azharuddin, which was brought to us via movies/biopics. Here are some of the Indian cricketers who truly deserve a biopic, which can motivate the masses.
Known as ‘Dada’, Ganguly’s life story has itself been quite eventful, which can certainly be depicted well. He first wore the Indian jersey in 1996 and soon overtook the captaincy. The decision was quite bold, as the Indian team had then lost all its credibility due to the infamous match-fixing scandal. With his arduous single focussed approach, the ‘Bengal Prince’ emerged as one of the greats of the game and even brought the Indian cricket team’s legacy back. The team scaled heights under his reign and in an unfortunate controversial spat with former coach, Greg Chappell, Ganguly was removed as the skipper and dropped. He bounced back again and retired with all respect. Thereafter, he has held many important posts in the cricketing fraternity and is currently the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The power hitter, Yuvraj Singh’s story will surely leave you bubbling with energy. The prime contributor for victory in Indian cricket, he gave exceptional performances in the T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC World Cup 2011 (adjudged as the man of the tournament). His life took a u-turn post the 2011 World Cup, as he got diagnosed with the deadly disease of cancer. ‘Fighter’- as he is still known to many, he not only battled cancer but also made a comeback to international cricket. His journey is worth an inspiration, especially in the form of a movie.
'The Wall' is undeniably one of the legendary players India ever produced. It feels sick that this epitome of patience didn’t get the due credit and coverage. One of the most ascetic and diligent cricketers, he meant discipline in his life. Correctly regarded as 'The Wall', Dravid has played a plethora of match-saving innings. Besides, he has a magnificent record of having more than 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. The selfless man thereafter took to coach the Under-19 Indian team, sharing his skillset with the youngsters, the result of which has come in the form of winning glory recently. His movie should instead be named ‘The Wall’.
The man who turned the results of the 2011 World Cup, Gautam Gambhir’s contribution to the team is exceptional. The hardworking boy from Delhi notched a place in the team after his praiseworthy performance in domestic cricket. He opened for India along with his Delhi teammate Virender Sehwag and the duo went on to make their name as one of the most reliable openers that India ever produced. His biggest contribution had been in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka, where his 97-run knock brought India to the victory. He has now retired from cricket and has chosen up politics as his career. Definitely, he deserves a biopic.
A stalwart from Haryana, he nearly revamped the cricketing standards. He basked in glory for pretty long, as the Indian team lifted the 1983 World Cup under his captaincy. A deadly fast bowler and a fantastic fielder, he was a cricketer easy ahead of his time. Cruising his way from a little city, Kapil went on to make one of the glorious names and the finest all-rounders in Indian Cricket. Currently a commentator, he was adjudged as the Player of the Century in 2002 by Wisden. It would be extremely disheartening for him not to have a biopic.
Hailing all the way from the capital of India, Delhi, Virat Kohli has got the fame that no cricketer has ever got in history. A cricket enthusiast, he didn’t even pursue his higher education in order to pursue the sport. However, just when he was 17-18, his father passed away and he had to shoulder major responsibility. With an undeterred spirit, the Indian team lifted the Under-19 World Cup under his captaincy. It was then he was taken in the Indian team in 2008. Since then, he has led from the front and is the number one batsman in the world. He has bizarre records under his credit and currently, is the skipper of the Indian team. Certainly deserves a biopic.