Legendary cricketer Mithali Raj's life journey will soon be seen on the big screen with Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu depicting her role in the biopic. However, she is currently making waves for wearing a sari, a women's garment from the Indian subcontinent that consists of an unstitched drape, while playing the game of cricket.
She donned the look in a TV commercial for a global investment bank.
In the commercial, Mithali can be seen cheering for the Indian women’s cricket team, who are fighting for the T20 World Cup in Australia. India's women’s cricket team reached the finals after their match against England was called off because of rain and India qualified for the final by virtue of finishing higher on the points table.
Netizens are saluting Mithali Raj’s move to break stereotypes and questioning people who call the sari a regressive outfit.
Sky is the limit, she said. @M_Raj03, you proved that reaching great heights is about making choices and not sacrifices.#MithaliPlaysCricketInSaree @mastercardindia @Citibank pic.twitter.com/xYLw8L7ISl— Roy (@avdhesh_roy) March 5, 2020
The ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 is taking place in Australia and the final will be played on 8 March at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.