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Former India cricketer Suru Nayak’s son Sujit has learnt to devour bowlers instead of junk food

Sujit once weighted 135kgs and was nowhere near the shape a cricketer is expected to maintain.

Sujit Nayak
Sujit Nayak. (Photo Source: T20 Mumbai)

For Sujit Nayak, devouring junk food was a bigger passion once. But now, the left-hand batsman has switched his passion to devouring bowlers and the fans got enough glimpse of that in the last season of T20 Mumbai League, which was also its inaugural one. Sujit, in fact, came up with the highest individual score in T20 Mumbai Season 1.

Sujit is the son of former India cricketer Suru Nayak, who played two Tests and four ODIs for India in the 1980s. His brother is also a former cricketer who represented the United Arab Emirates. Sujit, 29, was so fond of junk food that he once weighed 135 kilograms and little had he thought then about playing cricket. It was only after he completed his graduation that he chose cricket and started enjoying it too.

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Didn’t see myself playing cricket at 135 kilos

“As a teenager, food used to be my best friend. So weighing at a 135-kilos I didn’t really see myself playing cricket. My dad used to be the coach of the Mumbai U-15 team back then, and whenever I used to join him and watch the other cricketers train or the way they used to talk about the game. I realised I was never so passionate about the game,” Sujit was quoted as saying by t20mumbai.com.

“It was only after I graduated from college and I had to take up a career path that I got into cricket; and actually started enjoying it. Since then, there has been no looking back.”

It was though not an easy task for Nayak to get back into an athletic shape and especially after he was picked for the Mumbai Indian squad in the Indian Premier League 2012.

“Getting back in shape was really difficult because my entire thinking had to be changed. Thankfully, that’s when Mumbai Indians and Reliance came into my life,” Nayak, who has played in two List ‘A’ games and four T20Is, said.

“They really took good care of me, motivated me and helped inculcate the seriousness and professionalism that is necessary for a cricketer.”

“Their physio at the team, Patrick Farhart, helped me with training and everybody else who was involved with Mumbai Indians like Paras Mambri, Afzal Khan and Rahul Sanghvi took really good care of me.”

The effort eventually paid off for Sujit who last year slammed a 99 not out for his team SoBo SuberSonics against ARCS Andheri. It was the highest score of the season.

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