From Inzamam ul Haq to Dwayne Leverock: 6 overweight cricketers of all-time
To date, numerous cricketers with various physical attributes. While overweight cricketers do not set an excellent example of physical fitness for the sport, some have defied their masses to come up with resounding performances in their career and scale great heights.
Cricketers are one of the fittest athletes in the sports world, as they require immense fitness to play the sport consistently and perform, especially in Test cricket, where the game is played for five days. Also, being physically fit gives out an excellent example of physical fitness to young athletes.
However, numerous cricketers do not precisely have an athletic body and are mostly oversized. Nonetheless, some of them even defy their weight and perform to the utmost level, as we look at the same.
Arjuna Ranatunga: The legendary former Sri Lankan skipper was one of the finest batsman and leaders produced by the nation. However, he did struggle with his fitness, as he was visibly overweight. Although he started with an athletic figure, as days passed, he kept putting on weight and weighed above 90kgs by the time he retired. Nonetheless, he gave his priceless services to Lanka, including a World Cup title.
Samit Patel: The English all-rounder was one of the promising cricketers. However, he was dropped at the latter stage of his career after failing to meet fitness levels. With tons of fat in his body, he weighed around 90kgs. Also, his infamous run-out in county cricket for the same is often laughed about. Although he does not match England's fitness levels, he performs reasonably at the domestic level.
Jesse Ryder: The former New Zealand opening batsman was also one of the most prolific ones for the side. However, his bulky physique compelled him to suffer many injuries, while his lousy attitude, too, led him to fall out of the Kiwi national side. He weighed around 100kgs.
Inzamam-ul-Haq: The former Pakistani skipper was undoubtedly one of the greatest Pakistani batsman and a good leader. However, he was often trolled for his physique. Weighing over 100kgs, he was not one of the best runners on the field and had a history of funny run-outs.
Dwayne Leverock: In case one remembers, Bermuda played the 2007 ICC World Cup, while it had Dwayne Leverock, who weighed almost 130kgs. Nonetheless, since he was a jailor by profession, it's understandable. His famous one-handed catch to get rid of Robin Uthappa during the CWC is still cherished by fans all across.
Rahkeem Cornwall: The Caribbean happens to be the heaviest to play the sport to date. Playing for the Windies, the all-rounder weighs 140kgs. However, his weight hardly impacts his gameplay, as he is known for his explosive batting, besides being heavily impactful with his spin bowling.