Sujith Bijjahalli Somasundar
Computer Science, Class of 1994, 44th batch of BMSCE
- Sujith is BMSCE’s most successful cricketer.
- He made his First Class debut for Karnataka in his first year, during the 1990-91 season along with , who was in his second year at St. Joseph’s College of Commerce.
- He made his One Day debut for Karnataka in his final year, during the 1993-94 season.
- Sujith was part of the Karnataka team that won 3 Ranji Trophy titles (1996, 1998, 1999), 2 Irani Cup titles (1996, 1998) and 4 Vijay Hazare Trophy titles (1994, 1996, 1999, 2002).
- He was part of the Karnataka team that achieved the golden sweep (winning all 3 domestic tournaments in a calendar year) in 1998. Mumbai is the only other team to achieve it. , , , , Sunil Joshi, Dodda Ganesh, David Johnson and Vijay Bharadwaj were part of that team.
- Sujith scored 803 runs in 9 matches for Karnataka during their victorious 1995-96 season campaign. He hit 2 centuries and 5 half centuries to play a leading role in Karnataka’s triumph in the Ranji Trophy. In the final against Tamil Nadu, he made 99 and 53.
- Following his impressive season performance, he was picked as part of the for the Titan Cup in 1996, under ‘s captaincy, during which he opened the batting for India alongside Sachin. That remains his claim to fame. He retains the distinction of being one of the 19 opening partners Sachin Tendulkar had in his ODI career. (Source: )
“Every cricketer has a dream of playing for India one day, so did I. I had scored good runs in the domestic tournaments playing as an opener. Those performances helped me earn the India jersey. Playing for India and representing the country is a completely different feeling.
I had admired Sachin Tendulkar. It was an honour playing with him, especially when I opened the batting for India and he was at the non-striker end. He was in his prime at that time. He had already scored four centuries that year. From the dressing room to the field he was helpful as well. I will always remember the tips he gave me. It was my debut and I was nervous. He came to me and tried to calm me down. He said, “Buddy…just be normal and focused. Play your natural game. Don’t worry.”
These were the words that gave me confidence and I carried on. He made batting look so easy for me. Sachin was my inspiration and playing with him was an honour. Being selected for India was a great achievement for me as it is for any Indian cricketer. Sachin Tendulkar is the God of cricket. I have never seen a player like him, nor there ever will be. He could bat both left-handed and right-handed. The same was with the bowling. He was a complete package. He knew all the tricks that a spinner should have. He could bowl legspin, offspin as well as the googly. Being a youngster, I got to see him play and learned a lot from him. Watching him bat gave me a lot of tips. His flicks towards the leg-side were incredible.”
- Sujith was the captain of the Karnataka side during the late 90s and early 2000s.
- He was a prolific scorer at the domestic level. He scored 7646 runs in 226 innings (17 hundreds, 36 fifties) for Karnataka over his 15 year long career. He remains one of the finest opening batsmen Karnataka has produced, and one of its most successful captains as well.
- Sujith retired from domestic cricket in 2007.
- He is a NCA Level-2 Certified Cricket Coach, Certified Life Coach and a Mental Conditioning Coach & has been a Batting Coach in the National Cricket Academy.
- He was coach of the Kerala Ranji team from 2012 to 2014.
Sujith Somasundar is a multi-talented individual. His resume does not end there.
- He has an MBA in Marketing Management from Bangalore University (1995-1997 batch).
- He is currently pursuing his PhD in Applied Psychology and Managementfrom Jain University.
- Sujith is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Starting Line Sports, along with , who is the Chief Founder. SLS is a Coaching Academy that also conducts end-to-end cricket events at all levels, for schools, corporate as well as gated-communities. It also has a Coach Certification Program. (Source: )
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