Ranveer is playing cricket legend Kapil Dev in the film. Pankaj will take on the role of former team India manager PR Man Singh.
Pankaj was sold by the script of the film and he said its reading session was an emotional journey for him.
"It was an emotional ride for me while going through the script. At some of the places, I was in tears. I am really inspired by the whole journey of Kapil Dev. From when I heard the script, I was certain that I wanted to be a part of this film," the actor said in a statement.
Pankaj said he is an admirer of Kabir's work, including his early documentary films.
Pankaj will take on the role of the former team India manager PR Man Singh.