Nike’s latest commercial video “Da Da Ding” is already making abuzz in the internet and practically everywhere. The reason behind is not just the Star cast of the video Deepika Padukone but ten other sportswomen too featuring in the video who have shone for India and made us proud. The video has a fantastic beat song and amazing ensemble of sportswomen from various fields of Sports, models and dancers. Along with promotion of the brand, one more thing this video propagates is the advancement of women in Indian sports and encourages more women to join in. We all know how difficult are the conditions for women to train themselves in India, let alone participate. It is not easy for everyone, some get the chances and some don’t. While these women deserve the spotlight as much as Deepika whose achievements throw much needed light on the best that the female sporting world has to offer. While people still fail to recognize them, its a shame for us to not know them and their achievements. So here we will introduce you to the accomplished and inspiring athletes who have featured in the video.
Deepika Padukone (Actor/Badminton)
She is obviously on top of the list, because we all know her and she is among the A-list actors of Bollywood and a very successful one. But before she joined silver screen, Miss Padukone like her father, Prakash Padukone was a Badminton Player and has played at State Level. She still plays but not professionally but she is an inspiration to a lot of women in India. Deepika credits to playing sports as a support in her success. She also stated in a tweet, that it was the sportsperson in her which helped her deal with the rough times in her career. In the video campaign we see her manuevring through strneous training, the “Queen of Bollywood” forging ahead to be “Queen of Sports” too.
Rani Rampal (Hockey)
The only Indian to be nominated for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Women’s Young Player of the Year Award in 2010. She was merely 15 years old when she joined the squad. Rampal has humble roots and hails from a small town in Delhi. For her, sports are her means of self assurance and helped her expand her dreams.
Joshna Chinappa (Squash)
Chinappa is India’s leading Squash player currently at a career-high world ranking of World No. 10 this month. She was the youngest Indian in Women’s National Champion in Squash and also the only Indian to win the British Squash Championship title in 2003. She is also an Arjuna Award winner.
Shweta Hakke (Sprinter)
Hakke is an accomplished Sprinter and has already made heads turn with her wins across various event in Maharastra. She rewrote another record when she clinched the women’s 100m gold with her outstanding 12.55 secs sprint at the Mumbai City (Suburban) Athletic meet in 2015. It was her second record-breaking gold of the day, after having also won the long jump gold. She is now all gearing up for Rio Olympics, and we hope she keeps inspiring and growing.
Ishita Malaviya (Surfer)
Malaviya is the first female surfer from India. She intends to promote India’s vast coastline as an International surfing venue. She has also featured in advertisements for sports brands, apart from that she also runs a surfing school in India.
Jyoti Ann Burrett (Footballer)
Burrett is the star striker of Indian women’s football team. No one dribbles the ball like she does. She may look petite but she packs quite a punch on the field. She hails from Dehradun and started with freestyle football juggling but her passion for the sport compelled her to strive hard to get into the national team. She has also played for the prestigious Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club in England.
Tanvie Hans (Footballer)
Hans is another footballer featured in the video. This Delhite is India’s first woman footballer who plays professionally in Europe. She is also an alumnus of Delhi first school that has a football team, Vasant Valley School. Her passion and hard work for football paid off when she was picked by the Tottenham Hotspurs Ladies FC to play for them.
Namrata Purohit (Stott Pilates Trainer).
Purohit is the youngest certified Stott Pilates Instructor in the world. She has also been a national level Squash player, a footballer, a certified scuba diver, and an entrepreneur. She had end her sporting career in Squash after she fell off a horse and had to undergo a knee surgery. But she didn’t give up, listening to her father’s advice she trained herself in Stott Pilates and has now her own studio in Mumbai, The Pilates Studio.
Shubhlakshmi Sharma (Cricket)
Sharma is the only player from Jharkhand in the Indian Women’s Cricket team. A formidable player she hails from Hazaribagh and has five brothers against whom she used to compete fiercely in just about every sport. She was although very committed to Cricket and so was able to convince her father to let her pursue it at a professional level. A right-hand batsman and medium paced bowler, Shubhlakshmi Sharma is an important part of the women’s cricket team.
Smriti Mandana (Cricket)
A key batswoman in the Indian women’s cricket team, Smriti Mandana was just nine when she was picked for Maharashtra’s Under-15 team. She caught the attention of the cricketing community when, as a spunky 16-year-old, she scored a half-century in her Test debut to help her side win against England. At the age of 16 she made her debut in International cricket as part of the Indian team.
Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar (Cricket)
Bhullar is the Vice-Captain of Indian Women’s Cricket Team and is a right-hand batsman. She is the first Indian female cricketer to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 franchise. She made her international debut in Cricket in 2009. She has recently signed up with Sydney Thunder, the reigning Women’s Bash League champions, for the second edition of the Australian T20 league.
We marveled at the ad campaign before without knowing these fiesty women properly. But now we know, so as the video encourages women in India and everyone to take up sports, we hope that women get inspired and do Da Da Ding.
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