Former Indian skipper and veteran Mithali Raj’s biopic has recently hit the cinema houses. Over the years, biopics of several Indian cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Azharuddin, and MS Dhoni have shown some different angles of these cricketers’ lives.
Biopics are also a good source of income for the entertainment industry and have at least got a stable profit from their investments. On that note, let us take a look at five players whose biopic might touch everyone’s heart due to their struggling stories, but still, they beat all the odds and came on top in the international arena.
Here’s a look at five such players whose biopic would be a treat to watch for everyone:
1. Yuvraj Singh (India)
One of the most dangerous left-handed batters to ever represent India, Yuvraj Singh was a class apart. Born in Chandigarh, Yuvraj soon made a name for himself in the domestic arena. The left-handed batter was also named player of the tournament during the 2000 Under-19 World Cup won by India.
In 2002, Yuvraj played one of his finest knocks under pressure against England during a series decider at Lords. The left-handed batter smashed 69 off 63 balls and helped his side to a famous series victory on English soil. In the 2007 T20 World Cup, Yuvraj stitched history after he smashed Stuart Broad for six maximums in an over and helped his side to win that game. Team India also went on to win that inaugural T20World Cup.
However, Yuvraj’s best was seen during the 2011 World Cup as he was adjudged player of the tournament while India lifted their second 50-over World Cup. Later it came to know that he was battling a cancerous tumour in his left lung while he was playing in the World Cup tournament. Later on, he underwent chemotherapy in Boston and made a comeback to the Indian side.
2. Ravindra Jadeja (India)
Team India’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is one of the most valuable players in the Indian squad. Jadeja contributes heavily to the Indian team in all three departments of the game. He has also played some valuable knocks for his team and has created some magical moments with his energetic fielding.
Jadeja is a Rajputana boy who was born on December 6, 1988. He comes from a very humble background as his father was a watchman and wanted him to be in the army. But, Jadeja wanted to represent team India at the highest level. At the age of 16, Jadeja started taking formal cricket training, but soon after his mother’s demise in an accident, he almost decided to leave cricket.
However, Jadeja’s destiny had some other plans as the all-rounder performed exceptionally well in the domestic arena during 2009 and he got his maiden India call-up in 2009 and the left-handed batter has now become an integral part of the Indian squad.
3. David Warner (Australia)
Australia’s prominent opening batter David Warner has made a name for himself all around the world. The left-handed batter is very aggressive with the bat and has played several match-winning knocks for his country. To note, Warner became the first player to represent his country despite having no domestic experience.
Born on October 27 1986 in the Sydney district of Paddington in New South Wales, the left-handed batter comes from a humble background that resulted in Warner working at a supermarket/grocery chain store at a very young age. The left-handed batter played cricket and at the same time used to work at the commercial chains to manage his expenses.
It may be noted that there are no available records of Warner playing cricket between 2003 and 2007. A year after that, Warner joined New South Wales to start his domestic career, but soon he was called to the national side to represent Australia and the rest is history.
4. Daren Sammy (West Indies)
Arguably one of the most successful West Indies skippers, Daren Sammy has made his country proud on many occasions in the international arena. Born on December 20, 1983, at Micoud, St. Lucia, Sammy wanted to become a cricketer right from his childhood.
Sammy was selected for the tri-series between New Zealand, England, and West Indies played in England in 2004. However, he did not get the start he wanted as his debut match was called off without a single ball being bowled due to rain. The match is counted as his first match since the toss had taken place.
Under his leadership, the Men in Maroon went on to win the T20 World Cup twice in 2012 and 2016. Handy with the ball and destructive with the bat, Sammy had an excellent cricketing mind as he bailed out his team from many difficult situations.
5. Eoin Morgan (England)
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Eoin Morgan went on to become one of the most successful captains to lead England in the international arena. Morgan has also represented Ireland in the international arena, before shifting to England and continuing his professional cricketing career.
Under the leadership of Morgan, the Three Lions went on to win the 50-over World Cup in 2019. He also led England to the finals of the 2016 T20 World Cup but they lost to West Indies by 4 wickets. Earlier, Morgan was also part of the England squad in 2010 when they won their first World T20 title.
The Three Lions started playing an aggressive brand of cricket under Morgan’s captaincy as they also went on to become the No. 1 team in one-day internationals (ODI) and T20Is. Under his leadership, team England also registered the highest ODI total against the Netherlands in 2022 when they scored 498/4 in 50 overs, they also went on to win that game by 232 runs.