You have marveled at the brillaint ad by Nike featuring Deepika Padukone already. Infact The video titled Da Da Ding that has got the internet talking has more than one celebrity featuring in it. Of course Padukone is the better known names in the video, but it also features some of the best names from the sporting world. Featuring players from different sports, the video encourages woman in India to take up sports.
We all know that the condition of sportswoman in the country is not the best. Most lack facilities to even train properly. Yet the video celebrates the successes of some of the sportswomen in the country. From women cricketers to women surfers, the video has India's best sportswomen coming together to send out a strong message along with country's top actress- who also happens to be a state level badminton player.
So here you go. Meet the sportswoman who feature along with Deepika Padukone in the super video. And do Da Da Ding!
Rani Rampal (Hockey)
Only Indian to have been nominated for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Women's Young Player of the Year Award in 2010, Rani joined the Indian team at the young age of 15. The feisty forward has humble roots but that has never stopped her from following her dreams. “Coming from a small village never stopped me; every time I won a medal I kept getting stronger and more confident to take on the world.”
Ishita Malviya (Surfer)
Being the first female surfer from India, Ishita wants to promote India’s vast coastline as an International surfing venue. Apart from featuring in advertisements for sports brands, Ishita runs a surfing school in India along with her partner Tushar Pathiyan.
Smriti Mandhana (Cricket)
Smriti first caught the attention of international media when she scored a half century in her Test debut against England and helped her team to win the series. The left-hand batsman was just nine when she was picked for Maharashtra's Under-15 state side. At the age of 16 she made her debut in International cricket as part of the Indian team.
Shubhalakshmi Sharma (Cricket)
A right-hand batsman and medium paced bowler, Shubhalakshmi Sharma is an important part of the Indian Women’s cricket team. The only sister to five brothers, she had to struggle for everything to get her claim including convincing her family to pursue cricket professionally.
Harmanpreet Kaur (Cricket)
The vice-captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team is a right- hand batsman. The first Indian cricketer to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 franchise, Kaur’s future looks bright. She made her debut in international cricket in 2009 and her growth in the sports has been in the upswing ever since.
Shweta Hakke (Sprinter)
The sprinter has already made heads turn with her wins across various events in Maharashtra. Shweta is now gearing up for Rio Olympics.
Tanvi Hans (Football)
Delhi born Tanvie was one of the first Indians to play in the English League. The young footballer has also played two seasons for the Tottenham Hotspurs LFC as well as Fulham LFC.
Jyoti Ann Burrett (Football)
No one dribbles the ball the way Jyoti does. Having a master’s degree in Sports and Health Science from University of Exeter, the Delhi girl decided to not do a regular 9-5 job and instead pursue her dream of playing football. Part of the Indian Women’s football team, Burrett has also played for the prestigious Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club in England.
Joshana Chinappa (Squash)
Joshana was the first Indian to win the British Squash Championship in 2003. The reigning National Squash Champion has also won India's first Commonwealth Games gold medal in squash along with Dipika Pallikal in 2014.