Tahir Raj Bhasin has been roped in to play the role of legendary former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar in the upcoming sports drama 83. The Mardaani actor posted an image on his Instagram account to confirm the news of the same. During an interaction with Mid-Day, he said that it is a massive responsibility to portray the role of one of the greatest batsmen in Indian cricket history “For now, I’m focusing on striking the ball with half the panache that Gavaskar did,” he told the publication.
The film helmed by Tiger Zinda hai director Kabir Khan will show India’s historic win over West Indies in the final of the 1983 World Cup final under the captaincy of Kapil Dev to clinch their first-ever World Cup trophy.
In order to perfectly play the role of the cricketer, Bhasin will be training for three days a week and will focus on Gavaskar’s stance and batting technique. Ranveer Singh will portray the role of Kapil Dev in the film, while the other cast of the film includes Tamil actor Jiiva, Ammy Virk, Chirag Patil and YouTube personality Sahil Khattar. Pankaj Tripathi has been roped in to play the role of PR Man Singh, the manager of the team.
Ranveer is undergoing special training for the role, and will soon be spending three weeks with Dev to get the mannerisms and attitude of the character. He will also learn the veteran cricketer’s unique bowling style. Singh has earlier trained with bowling great Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who will be portrayed by Virk in the film.