You’ve surely seen police constables with lathis at stadia. But how about cops in a cricket team! Suman Majumdar and Sanjay Majumder have made the cut.
Hailing from small hamlets in Tripura, Suman and Sanjay are employed with the state police department as constables. “Life has been tough and it was difficult for us to meet ends. Cricket has changed our life and we are thankful to our superiors who have allowed us to represent the state,” says the duo.
Suman, who hails from Sabroom taluka, lost his father when he was just eight. He joined the police force in 2011, but his profession didn’t come in the way of his passion. “I used to play cricket whenever I got time. But after joining the force, I couldn’t find time. But I didn’t give up cricket altogether. I went for the Ranji Trophy trials, got picked. Believe it or not, my superiors seemed more thrilled than I was. I am allowed to go on leave whenever there’s a camp or game,” the off-spinner says.
Prior to Suman becoming a cricketer, the family was dependent on his elder brother who runs a mithai shop.
Sanjay’s life was not rosy either. But thanks to the BCCI, which pays its domestic cricketers very well, the medium pacer is breathing easy. “I joined the force in 2005, but playing first-class cricket has brought about a real change in my life. My family is self-sufficient now,” said Sanjay, the son of farmer.