Any actor would enjoy portraying me on screen: Anjum Chopra

On her birthday, former captain of the Indian Women Cricket Team, Anjum Chopra talks about her journey as a cricketer, her plans to write a book and what keeps her busy after retirement.

cricket Updated: May 20, 2017 13:01 IST
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Hindustan Times
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Former cricketer Anjum Chopra is set to accompany the Indian women cricket team to the UK for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in June.(Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times)

“I wish the Indian women’s cricket team become world champions and remain consistent at the top level,” says Anjum Chopra , 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 a memory from her big day last year. “Last year at the IPL, I got to celebrate with over 30,000 people at the ground at Raipur. I was commentating during a match and our producer and director wished me while I was on commentary. I was completely taken by surprise. They made me cut a cake during my commentary stint and showed it on the big screen,” she says.

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.

“I interact with young minds and people in the administration that both studies and sports are equally important. They complement each other and help in an overall development of the student,” she adds.

She will be heading to the UK in June for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. “I am empanelled by the ICC for commentary. It’s been a good journey so far as I have had the chance to interact and learn from the world’s best cricketers and broadcasters,” she says.

Anjum Chopra received the lifetime membership at MCC, becoming the first Indian woman cricketer to get this honour. (Manoj Verma/Hindustan Times)

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? “The kind of hard work that goes into depicting a certain character is immense. I’m sure whoever decides to take up the challenge of portraying my character on screen will certainly enjoy the role,” she says.

Take 5

Your favourite place in Delhi?

Your favourite stadium in the world?
Old Trafford, Manchester

Where did you go on your first date?
Vasant Vihar market

Favourite street food?
Gol Gappe

Favourite de-stress solution?
Watch a movie or sleep

First Published: May 20, 2017 13:00 IST