‘Any ac­tor would en­joy play­ing me’

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Iwish the In­dian women’s cricket team be­come world cham­pi­ons and re­main con­sis­tent at the top level,” says An­jum Cho­pra (right), for­mer cap­tain of the In­dian women’s cricket team. She adds that it can only be achieved if a “good sys­tem­atic process” is in place in the coun­try.

On her birth­day to­day, An­jum shares her fond­est birth­day mem­ory: “Last year at the IPL, I got to cel­e­brate [my birth­day] with over 30,000 peo­ple at the ground in Raipur. Our pro­ducer and di­rec­tor wished me, while I was on do­ing com­men­tary. They made me cut a cake dur­ing my com­men­tary stint and showed it on the big screen.” Apart from lead­ing In­dia to its first ever Test se­ries win in South Africa in 2002, she also has an­other feat to her credit — in 2016, she be­came the first In­dian woman crick­eter to get the life­time Maryle­bone Cricket Club (MCC) mem­ber­ship.

In her jour­ney as a crick­eter, she had to over­come a lot of hur­dles: “Chal­lenges were im­mense right from the start. The big­gest be­ing bal­anc­ing stud­ies and sports. For­tu­nately, nowa­days more ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions en­cour­age sport,” says An­jum, who is also writ­ing a book about her jour­ney.

Ac­cord­ing to An­jum, in any sport “phys­i­cal train­ing is ex­tremely es­sen­tial”. Her ad­vice to the bud­ding sportsper­sons is: “Don’t take short­cuts be­cause train­ing sets you up for big­ger chal­lenges in the field. It helps in skill en­hance­ment and helps you be­come men­tally strong too.”

Asked who would she like to por­tray her part, if a biopic is made on her? “I’m sure who­ever de­cides to take up the chal­lenge of por­tray­ing my char­ac­ter on screen will cer­tainly en­joy the role,” she says.

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