SA physio turns Twitter dreams into IPL cricket reality
Sumeshen Moodley could barely contain his excitement when he was hand picked by chairman of the Delhi Capitals - to head up the medical team
Physiotherapist Sumeshen Moodley regularly tweeted fitness advice and drills to his favourite Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket teams, in the hope that one day he would be administering treatment to some of the most famous faces in the cricketing world.
In 2018, the 35-year-old Durban physiotherapist received a call that put him on the path to realising his dream.
A representative of Parth Jindal – an Indian business mogul and chairperson of the IPL team, Delhi Capitals – contacted Moodley.
Jindal needed physiotherapy following knee surgery, and Moodley had been “highly recommended”.
Moodley, a University of KwaZulu-Natal graduate, decided to take a leap of faith and spend four months abroad helping Jindal rehabilitate.
Jindal’s quick recovery, thanks to Moodley’s healing hands, prompted the businessman to ask him to head the medical team of the Delhi Capitals – home to the likes of Indian star batsman Shikar Dhawan and South African bowler Kagiso Rabada.
“I have always dreamt of being a physio for the IPL, to be honest. Over every season I used to tweet teams little drills and advice.”
When Jindal offered him the position, Moodley had to contain his excitement.
“In my body I wanted to scream, but I had to keep it calm.”
Since the start of the IPL season on March 23, India has become Moodley’s temporary home.
In the professional Twenty20 cricket league in India, eight teams, made up of some of the best cricketers in the world, compete for the IPL title
From the age of 14 the sports-mad Moodley has been devising his own fitness programmes.
“Throughout school I played a lot of sport. I wasn’t good at maths or computers; all I knew was sports.
“I used to make up my own fitness programmes because you have that dream of one day playing professional sports,” he said.
But when that dream did not pan out, Moodley opted for a career in physiotherapy “that would keep me as close to sport as possible”.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2007 he spent 10 years at the medical centre at Kings Park in Durban, where he built a good reputation treating the likes of pro surfer Travis Logie and professional endurance racer Brett Swanepoel, until 2013 when he took over the centre.
Moodley said his family, who hail from Merebank, south of Durban, was ecstatic about his IPL opportunity.
“My mom and I would watch a lot of IPL games together because she’s a big MS Dhoni fan, and now she has to change and support Delhi. She can’t support Dhoni; we want to beat Dhoni,” Moodley joked.