Mithali Raj    IANS
Mithali Raj IANS

The BBC on Wednesday named Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj as one of the most influential women in India. Mithali is currently the highest run-getter in ODIs and also led the team to the ICC Women’s World Cup final in England, wherein they lost to hosts by 9 runs. The list has been inspired by the BBC 100 Women Challenge, which will be held in Delhi from October 9 to 13 where a team will look at the female illiteracy.

Other places hosting the 100 Women Challenge are: Silicon Valley from October 2nd 6th where a group will tackle the glass ceiling; safety on public transport will be the focus for the London and Nairobi team from October 16th – 20th; and finally from October 23rd to 27th women in Rio will consider sexism in sport.

Recently, it was announced that a Bollywood biopic will also be made on Mithali’s life. She hopes it inspires young girls to explore sports as a career. The rights for the biopic of the cricket star have been acquired by the Viacom18 studio which has backed content-driven films like Queen , Manjhi: The Mountain Man , Drishyam , Mary Kom , Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha in the past. “I am extremely happy on this association with Viacom18 Motion Pictures. Hoping that this movie inspires more people especially young girls to take up sports as a career,” Mithali said in a statement.

(Inputs from IANS)