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Mithali Raj

A great one for impersonating notables is our Taapsee Pannu—be it a septuagenarian sharpshooter in Saand Ki Aankh, or a pathbreaking scientist in Mission Mangal. Now, as every actor must, she will put on her pads, hoick a bat and step into the shoes of the inimitable Mithali Raj. Will the great cricketer be at hand to guide her? Strokeplay is fine, just look at her running between the wickets.

Indian cricketer Mithali Raj rides in a cart during a grand parade of India's former cricket captains during the 1st pink-ball day/night cricket test match between India and Bangladesh, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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Indian women's cricket team players visit Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati.

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India's Mithali Raj plays a shot during the 2nd T20 international cricket match against England at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, in Guwahati.

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Indian players Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues celebrate the dismissal of England's Natalie Sciver during the 3rd One Day International cricket match, in Mumbai.

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Indian women's team captain Mithali Raj with coach WV Raman addresses during the India's tour of New Zealand pre-departure press conference, in Mumbai.

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Cricketer Mithali Raj arrives for a BCCI meeting to select the T-20 women's squad for New Zealand tour, in New Delhi.

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India's Mithali Raj plays a shot during Women's World T20 cricket match against Pakistan at Providence, Rhode, U.S.

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India's Mithali Raj, second left, shakes hand with Sri Lanka's Deshika Prabodhini after defeating them by 13 runs in the first Twenty20 women's cricket match in Katunayake, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's Sripali Weerakkody, right, successfully appeals for the dismissal of India's Mithali Raj during their first Twenty20 women's cricket match in Katunayake, Sri Lanka.

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Indian women's cricket team celebrates after defeating South Africa in the T20 series in Cape Town.

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Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar interacts with a member of the Indian Women's Cricket team at MCA BKC in Mumbai.

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Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar met members of the Indian Women’s cricket team at the MCA BKC in Mumbai. The team is slated to visit South Africa for a ODI and T20 series.

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Indian women cricket team captain, Mithali Raj being felicitated by Smriti Irani, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Television producer Ekta Kapoor at We The Woman summit in Mumbai.

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Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj being felicitated during the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) interactive session "Breaking The Boundaries with Indian Cricket Girls", in New Delhi.

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Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar takes a selfie with cricketer Mithali Raj and other sportswomen after a panel discussion on ‘The Role of Sports in the Empowerment of Girls’ in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi along with the Sportspersons Sachin Tendulkar, Mithali Raj on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, organised by the Ministry of WCD in collaboration with UNICEF India, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi along with the Sportspersons Sachin Tendulkar, Mithali Raj, Raspreet Sidhu, Ragini Sharma, Mana Mandlekar, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, organised by the Ministry of WCD in collaboration with UNICEF India, in New Delhi.

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao felicitates Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj for taking the team to the World Cup finals, in Hyderabad.

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Indian women's national team captain Mithali Raj and star all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur at a felicitating event for India women's cricket team in New Delhi.

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Indian Women's Cricket team poses for a group photo during a press conference in Mumbai.

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Captain of Indian Women's cricket team Mithali Raj and skipper of England Women's cricket team, Heather Knight, pose with coveted Women's World Cup trophy 2017, on the eve of the final, at Lord's cricket ground, in London.

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Did Mithali Raj’s early training in Bharatanatyam transmute itself into dancing down the tracks to hoick hapless bowlers? It certainly expr­esses itself in classical bat­­­s­-ma­nship: the captain and lodestar of Team India is the first woman cricketer to make 6,000 ODI runs.

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India's Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur during ICC Women's World Cup match against New Zealand, in Derby.

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India's Mithali Raj in action during the ICC Women's World Cup match against Australia in Bristol. Mithali scripted history by becoming the all-time leading run-getter in women's ODIs.

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India captain Mithali Raj bats during the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 match between India and Pakistan at County Ground in Derby, England.

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India's Mithali Raj during the ICC Women's World Cup fixture at the County Ground, Derby, England.

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Mithali Raj

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Illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu

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