) It’s quite a sight to watch him settle down in his stance He keeps stretching his legs until it’s no longer humanly possible to extend further The upper body has no option but to crouch and the square-leg umpire must see that bum jutting out at him Somehow he not only holds his balance but moves crisply to do what he does In some ways it almost seems understandable that his early team-mates didn’t rate him all that highly on first look “I am not a talented cricketer like some I know that What I have is my mind my desire and the will to make my method work for me” His bowling too can be at times infuriating to watch For an entire session he can rush in and hurl the ball well outside off Ball after ball Whoosh Whoosh — it would sail well outside off The result though can’t be questioned The run rate would drop the opposition batsmen especially at Ranji level would feel claustrophobic at the lack of runs and soon a mistake would creep in It’s not as if bowling wide is the only thing he does – he has a good legcutter (developed by watching videos of Damien Fleming) and loves bouncers But if the team needs him to take the defensive role he would gladly take it up On the domestic circuit Nayar is the most aggressive medium pacer going around Never shy of verbals never short of bumpers never runs out of glares and has the ability to make something happen Gripped with the white line fever he can turn into a man who can be easily disliked by the opposition “I know I can rub people the wrong way But unless I am aggressive I don’t do well Yes I can get personal in my sledges I don’t know what happens to me really but I become this different guy” In the famous Ranji final in Mysore against Karnataka not only was he sledging the opponents but was also seen showing the middle finger to the partisan crowd Once in a game against Bengal he sledged his friend Manoj Tiwary so hard that he got payback when he went into bat Tiwary and Dinda talking this and that but Nayar just switches off refusing to even look at them At one point they even come and take his bat but he just looks beyond into the far distance What started as a joke escalates into something more unpleasant with Tiwary and Dinda unable to fathom Nayar’s eerie silence At the end of the game he recalls going into their dressing room and saying “Voh match mey tha jaane dey lets go out now” *** His aggression or the lack of it is what let him down when the chance to play for India came He got three games bowled three overs and couldn’t just feel that he belonged Captain MS Dhoni’s reactions didn’t help Dhoni is on record saying he doesn’t know whether Nayar is a bowler who bats or a batsman who bowls That though didn’t affect Nayar as much as an article in a paper during the camp in Bangalore just before the matches Spotting a large photograph of him in the paper he dived in only to find to his horror that it was a hit-job “Here I haven’t even played a game for India and the guy had written such a negative story about my game that I was shaken” He remembers opening up to Yuvraj Singh who turned around pointed to the media personnel assembled in the ground – “Yeh log na they would never be with you when you are down Just ignore them and play your game” Oh well “But the damage was done I guess Dhoni is a legend and he is entitled to his opinion He didn’t say much to me but it was clear to me that he didn’t rate me much Rahul Dravid was really nice to me and I got along well with Yuvraj Ashish Nehra Rohit Sharma (my good friend) but somehow I couldn’t just find my game there It would remain a great regret I thought I would get more chances to play for India but it never came I did so well in the Ranji seasons from 2011 onwards but the call never came” It also began to affect his Ranji performances in subsequent years and it’s only after Pandit returned as a coach that Nayar managed to bounce back “I had let the non-selection and India rejection affect me What’s the use of playing well at Ranji if they are not going to select me That kind of thinking is self-defeating of course and it affected my game but luckily I managed to bounce back and I am so happy that I did Cricket is everything for me” *** Nayar has extended his mentorship role beyond the confines of the dressing room He runs an academy for poor kids interested in the game and along with former Mumbai player Sahil Kukreja supports orphanages “Sahil does all the hard work actually I step in with the cricket coaching and building a team there with the kids It’s such a fulfilling experience We even managed to send a few poor kids to Durham University in England to play cricket Cricket is fine but if I can help at least 100 children turn around their life I would be happy” At his home now staying with him are three poor kids who are deeply passionate about the game but don’t have the financial backing to sustain themselves in Mumbai His phone is always buzzing be it from cricketers like Rohit Sharma asking for fitness advice or impoverished kids asking for life advice and his home is turning into an open house for needy kids His wife Natasha a hair stylist has always backed his philanthropical activities and says she doesn’t know what he would do when the times comes for him to call it quits “People don’t understand how tough it is for sportsmen like him This is what he has been doing from childhood and the thought of life without sport is alarming” When he was dropped from the Ranji team after the first season Nayar thought about quitting the game A way had to be found to make some money and he and his friends even thought of opening a pan shop “We thought we would home deliver it also We calculated it would take us Rs 60000 to run it Four of us 20000 each” It was around then that Makarand Waigankar a notable figure in Mumbai cricket circles took him to see Sachin Tendulkar “He didn’t know me but gave me 45 minutes of his valuable time helped me in my back-foot play and was so 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