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Top 5 Reasons to watch Mithali Raj Biopic – Shabaash Mithu



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Mithali Dorai Raj, One of Indian cricket’s all-time greats recently announced her retirement from all forms of the game. It was not a sudden decision by the marquee batter as multiple media reports speculated the development. She announced one of the big decisions of her life on June 8 2022 (Wednesday) through her official social media handles.

“I set out as a little girl on the journey to wear the India blues as representing your country is the highest honour. The journey was full of highs and some lows. Each event taught me something unique and the last 23 years have been the most fulfilling, challenging & enjoyable years of my life. Like all journeys, this one too must come to an end. Today is the day I retire from all forms of International Cricket.” Mithali Raj officially confirmed.

“I would love to stay involved in the game and contribute to the growth of Women’s Cricket in India and world over. I would love to stay involved in the game and contribute to the growth of Women’s Cricket in India and world over.” she added in the Instagram post. 

Here’s the official retirement Tweet:

Now, what comes as a piece of delightful news is that a Biopic named ‘Shaabash Mithu’ has been made on the elite Indian Cricketer. The exciting film is set to be out in theatres on July 15 2022 (After a slight delay). The Goosebumps 2-minute-long trailer of the Bollywood film was officially released on June 20 2022 (Monday) by Viacom on their YouTube handle. 

Taapsee Pannu, A famous Bollywood actress will be seen in the role of Mithali Raj in the film, while the seasoned actor Vijay Raz will be doing the role of the coach of the Indian cricketer. Devadarshini, Actress from Tamil and Telugu cinemas will feature in the film as Mithali’s mother. The film is directed by prominent director Srijith Mukherjee and produced by Viacom studios. 

5 Reasons to watch Mithali Raj’s Biopic – Shabaash Mithu

1. First Woman Cricketer’s Biopic

Several biopics on Indian Men’s cricketers have been made and released in the last few years. Some examples include:

  • MS Dhoni – The Untold Story
  • Sachin – The Billion dreams
  • Azhar
  • 83 
  • Kaun Praveen Tambe (Recently Released) 

These are a few of the names on the list.  

However, Shaabash Mithu will be the first-ever biopic made on an Indian Women Cricketer. The film will definitely set the trend for the creation of multiple biopics on Women athletes. 

Meanwhile, ‘Chakda Xpress’, another biopic on Indian Women Cricket’s legend – Jhulan Goswami is being made, Anushka Sharma will be starring in the role of the fast-bowler in the highly-anticipated and exciting film. The actress recently announced the conclusion of the first shoot of the movie which is expected to be out soon.

2. Tapsee Pannu’s acting

Tapsee Pannu, who is considered be one of the most skillful Bollywood actresses has been part of some successful bollywood films – Thappad (2020), Game Over (2019), Pink (2016), Badla (2019), Naam Shabana (2016) are part of the list. The fans are itching to see the performance of the 34-year-old in the biopic, after a lot of build-up about the same. As things stand, it won’t be easy for any actress to pull-off Mithali Raj’s role.

“There is nothing more powerful than a girl with a dream and a plan to realize it!

This is a story of one such girl who chased her dream with a bat in this ‘Gentleman’s Game’ #ShaabashMithu. The Unheard Story Of Women In Blue will be in cinemas on 15th July 2022.” wrote Tapsee Pannu while announcing the trailer of the movie in one of her Instagram posts. 

Here’s how Taapsee Pannu reacted to the trailer:

3. Early struggle

One of the most interesting and exciting aspects about the movie will be the display of Mithali Raj’s early struggle in her life, being a Women cricketer in India. The right-hand batter has revealed in multiple media interactions about the difficulties and challenges she faced in her early cricketing career. The legendary cricketer started to play cricket at the age of 10 & starting her career through school cricket.

The trailer includes some of the glimpses of her early struggles and challenges of starting a cricketing career as a young girl, the difficulties to make a career in a male-dominant sport. It includes the cricketer’s ambitions about taking Women’s cricket (Which was not in a great state) forward in the country.

4. Inside politics

The biggest controversy from Mithali Raj’s cricketing career remains the clash with coach Ramesh Pawar and Indian Women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur. She accused the head coach of treating her unfairly and biassed team selection. The incident took place after she was dropped from the Semi Final of World Cup 2018 against England at West Indies. 

The manager of Raj also came out to slam the skipper openly through one of her social media posts. The audience, especially those who follow cricket closely, is desperate to know if the controversial angle between Mithali Raj Ramesh Pawar and Harmanpreet Kaur will be included in the film or the makers will stay away from touching the sensitive topic. 

5. Public response

In the end, it will all boil down to the box office collections of the movie. Considering the cricket craze in the country, the makers are hopeful of having a grand success. However, the film critics remain sceptical about the biopic, in terms of the box office collections. 

Meanwhile, Paan Singh Tomar, Dangal, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mary Kom and MS Dhoni – The untold story and Soorma rank high in the list of the best sporting bollywood documentaries and biopics (India) since the start of the last decade. The recently released Neeraj Pandey’s Pravin Tambe biopic namely ‘Kaun Praveen Tambe’ did decently at the box office.


Mithali Raj, ended her International Career with some phenomenal and consistent stats. Raj represented the Women In Blue in a whopping:

  • 232 One Day Internationals
  • 89 T20 Internationals
  • 12 Test Matches

The right-hander managed to score 7805, 2364 and 699 runs across the 3 formats respectively. 

The 29-year-old achieved a phenomenal record of leading the Indian team in 150 matches, where the team remained victorious at the backend of her career. She led the Indian team in a whopping 4 ICC World Cups – 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017. She was part of the team that were the runner-ups of the 2 ICC World Cups. 

The Jodhpur-born cricketer has made it clear through her retirement social media outing that she will continue working and be involved in Women’s cricket in some capacity. “This journey may have ended but another one beckons as I’d love to stay involved in the game I love and contribute to the growth of Women’s Cricket in India and world over.” 

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Morne Morkel Excludes Indian Legend MS Dhoni From His All-time 11



Morne Morkel Excludes Indian Legend MS Dhoni From His All-time 11

Morne Morkel, The former South African fast bowler is considered to be a stalwart of South African cricket. He has represented the South African team in a whopping 86 tests, 117 ODIs, and 44 T20Is. He managed to scalp 309, 118, and 47 wickets in the three formats respectively. 

The star Proteas pacer announced his retirement in 2018 after the red ball encounter against Australia. The decision by the right-arm pacer was taken with immediate effect and indeed was a shocking one for the cricketing world. He was just 33 years old while announcing the decision.

Morne Morkel featured from Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He has been part of 70 IPL games. The right-hander has an impressive economy of 7.69 in the same league. He managed to scalp 77 wickets in the time period.

Morkel’s unique all-time 11:

Meanwhile, Morkel has picked his all-time 11 during a chat with a media company. What comes as a surprise is that the Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni does not feature in his 11. The Indian finisher has helped the team achieve multiple ICC titles. The list includes T20 World Cup 2007, World Cup 2011, and Champions Trophy 2013.

He named the former South African captain and current Cricket South Africa president Graeme Smith as the skipper of the side. While AB de Villiers, Another South African marquee player features as the wicket-keeper Morne Morkel’s all-time 11.

Here’s the all-time 11 picked by Morne Morkel:

  • 1. Graeme Smith ©
  • 2. David Warner
  • 3. Hashim Amla
  • 4. Jacques Kallis
  • 5. Virat Kohli
  • 6. Kevin Pietersen
  • 7. AB de Villiers (wk)
  • 8. Daniel Vettori
  • 9. Pat Cummins
  • 10. Kagiso Rabada
  • 11. Dale Steyn

Kevin Pietersen, Who is originally a skillful middle-order batter features at No. 6 in the 11. Virat Kohli is the only Indian player on the list. While, Morkel picked as many as 5 South African players namely – Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB De Villiers and Kagiso Rabada.

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CSA T20 League: Is The New South African T20 League An Extension Of IPL ?



CSA T20 League: Is The New South African T20 League An Extension Of IPL ?

The South African Cricket board has launched their new T20 league reportedly to be named as the CSA T20 league. The inaugural season of the highly-anticipated brand new league is set to take place in the first couple of months of the next year (2023).

The board claims that the league is set to be the next big thing in the world of cricketing leagues across the globe. Cricket South Africa have partnered with the local broadcasters namely SuperSport to run the marquee league. The league is expected to provide a big boost to the cricketing activities in South Africa. 

CSA T20 league or Mini-IPL? 

Meanwhile, The Graeme Smith-led Cricket South Africa has officially revealed the owner of each six teams of the CSA T20 challenge. The revelation on Wednesday (July 13) was followed after the bidding process which lasted for a couple of days. 

What comes as a surprising development is that the owners of the Indian Premier League’s franchises dominated the franchise auction of the CSA T20 league too. Each of the six franchises of the league are officially captured by the IPL franchise owners after successfully winning the bidding war. 

Here are the 6 cities (teams) and their owners :

1 Newlands, Cape Town – Reliance Industries Limited, owners of Mumbai Indians

2. Kingsmead, Durban – RPSG Sports Private Limited, owners of Lucknow SuperGiants

3. St George’s Park, Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) – Sun TV Network Limited, owners of Sunrisers Hyderabad

4. Wanderers, Johannesburg – Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, owners of Chennai Super Kings

5. Boland Park, Paarl – Royals Sports Group, owners of Rajasthan Royals

6. SuperSport Park, Pretoria – JSW Sports, co-owners of Delhi Capitals

Here’s how Graeme Smith (Head of the league) reacted:

“We are thrilled to welcome our new franchise owners to the South African League taking place in January and February 2023. This is truly an exciting time for South African cricket; the overwhelming interest shows that the country remains valued in the global cricketing ecosystem.”

The netizens found the development from South Africa to be amusing, while some expected it looking at the increasing brand values and popularity of the T20 league around the World. The experts believe that the league introduce by CSA will give Australia’s Big Bash and Pakistan’s PSL a run for their money. 

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WATCH: Virat Kohli & Rishabh Pant Gift Ravi Shastri A Champagne Amid ODI Series Win



WATCH: Virat Kohli & Rishabh Pant Gift Ravi Shastri A Champagne Amid ODI Series Win

The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team’s dream run on England tour concluded with an ODI series win with a margin of 2-1. They achieved a significant victory over Jos Buttler-led English unit in the series decider of the three-match series at Old Trafford, Manchester. 

Rishabh Pant, The Indian wicket-keeper and left-handed batsman was named the player of the match. He played an exceptional knock after the top order of India collapsed early. The Delhi-born batsman scored 125 off just 113 deliveries and remained unbeaten. 

It was a dominating display by the visitors as they got the better of the English team in both the limited-overs format series, while successfully drawing the red-ball series. It was an outing to forget for the hosts. However, The tour was a memorable one for the Sharma-led unit. 

“Very pleased. Came here, and wanted to achieve something as a group in white ball. We were here last time and were beaten, I remember that. Not an easy place to come and win games.” said Sharma while concluding.

Ravi Shastri gets lucky:

Meanwhile, An interesting visual got trending from the Indian team’s celebration after winning the ODI series yesterday (July 17). The former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri was presented with a bottle of champagne by Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant.

The Indian wicket-keeper himself went on to hand over the bottle to the Mumbaikar, who was busy commenting on the post-match-show of the host broadcasters. He has been one of the star presenters with Sky Sports since the recently concluded Edgbaston test. 

Ravi Shastri was India’s head coach for multiple years before Rahul Dravid took over his role last year (2021 end). He has been part of the Indian dressing room since 2017 and indeed has a great bond with the Indian players, especially with the former Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Watch the video:

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