Indian pitcher to star in Hollywood picture

Published: Nov 27, 2010, 07:40 IST | Khalid A-H Ansari |

Sony Studios keen on turning Major League Baseball player Rinku Singh's life into Film

Sony Studios keen on turning Major League Baseball player Rinku Singh's life into Film

Hollywood pitcher, no, not Bollywood picture. Although unusual in this day and age of globalisation, a baseball pitcher of Indian origin is reported to have made it to the American major league.

And, Sony Pictures are reportedly keen to make a film about him and his chosen career.

Rinku Singh's life story sounds like an implausible Bollywood movie script from Indian javelin thrower to professional pitcher with the Major League Baseball franchise, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Twenty-two year old Rinku is said to "grip the baseball bat" like its cricket counterpart.

His rags to riches story has weaved its way through reality TV stardom in Million Dollar Arm in 2008 and a meeting with US president Barak Obama at the White House earlier this year.

"The first time I picked up a baseball I threw 87 km/h. Then I went to the final in Mumbai and threw 90 km/h," he says.

Rinku Singh shot to fame as a reality star in Million Dollar Arm in 2008

Rinku Singh, with the "rocket arm", is set to display his prowess to Australian baseball fans this weekend for the Canberra Cavalry in Melbourne.

Doubts have been expressed here about the validity of Singh's claims, as well as those of his fellow Indian Dinesh Patel, as being nothing more than a publicity stunt.

But team manager Steve Schrenk is quoted as saying that Singh has the potential of "making it all the way to the majors".

Singh will be in the Cavalry's bullpen for the weekend's four-game Australian Baseball series, which began at the Melbourne Showground last night. It'll be interesting to check the claims.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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