When the Toronto Blue Jays selected infielder prospect Arjun Nimmala with their first pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, he became the first player ever with full Indian descent to be selected in the first round. In doing so, Nimmala hoped to inspire many of those in the South Asian communities with Indian descent to play the game one day.
It appears as though Nimmala now has the distinct opportunity to further spread the word as he is featured in the Disney documentary ‘Indian Baseball Dreams’. The production of the docuseries came about from a collaboration between Major League Baseball, Disney Star, IMG, and Amped Pictures. In the four-part documentary series, it uncovers his full story with a behind-the-scenes look of how Nimmala got to where he is today.
Viewers are taken all the way back to his cultural roots in his parents’ hometown of Vijayawada where his road to success all began. The sport of cricket, India’s favourite pastime in which Nimmala grew up practicing, becomes a key part in his journey when he meets the former captain of the Indian cricket team for a friendly match. In addition, Nimmala’s eventual encounters with various other baseball talents in his life are highlighted, paving his way in his journey to the Americas today.
The docuseries has gotten rave reviews, as one Star Sports spokesperson stated, “The series chronicles his extraordinary talent, dedication, and growing influence on baseball beyond borders. It is a captivating journey, which connects cultures … demonstrates the universal power of sport to inspire victory and legacy. Don’t miss this incredible story of breaking barriers and growing the relationship between India and baseball.”
The documentary has already been previously launched in India in October on the Star Sports Select 1 and 2 channels, and have since been released nationwide for free on Disney+ Hotstar in early November. Unfortunately for viewers in Canada, the docuseries will not be available just yet, as Canadians don’t have access to Disney+ Hotstar. But with Nimmala now being a part of Canada’s only MLB team, it shouldn’t be long before we will all get a chance to enjoy this great Disney production on one of our own top baseball prospects in the game.