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Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav shed a total of 15 kgs post his surgery for the Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Surya, currently ranked number 1 in World T20I batters’ rankings was out of competitive cricket for approximately four months, after he underwent an ankle operation in December 2023 followed by a sports hernia surgery. The cricketer gained approximately 15 kgs due to the medication but lost the extra weight to be fitter and be stronger for the T20 World Cup 2024. 

Yadav’s nutritionist Shwetha Bhatia, who is also the founder of ‘Mind Your Fitness’ revealed how Yadav was dedicated to losing the extra kilos. Bhatia, who worked with Yadav for sometime, told PTI, "If you look at him, he is looking much leaner and stronger and little muscular, and diet was planned with supplementation to achieve that goal. Coordination between recovery rate and muscle gain rate, so we adjusted to achieve that in record time.”  

She added, "Overall by now, 14-15 kg, there was slight increase in his weight after surgery, which is a natural medical reaction not because he was off diet. Out of 15 kg that he shed, Dexa machine will confirm that 13 kg will be fat.” 

Shwetha Bhatia reveals Suryakumar Yadav’s strict diet plan

Bhatia revealed how Yadav was mindful of his diet along with his rigorous S&C training. She said, "Post his injury, we made his diet plan a bit stricter, because when there is no activity, you don't increase food directly like that but there was more focus on his recovery with vitamin supplements.” 

She added, "He was at National Cricket Academy, more strength training was incorporated so that he has a better comeback. We don't get into his rehab programme but we need to co-ordinate with NCA in terms of his recovery rate because if it is going slow then it is falling short somewhere."

Bhatia went on to say, “He was on three-meal structure and three went on to became four, when activity resumed. All meals had good quality protein like eggs, meat or fish and he is not fond of dairy products and that was excluded. When activity was much lesser, we had reduced the amount of carbohydrates, grains, dals were lesser, it was low carb diet.”