If you’re in the West Indies, you’re in food heaven. Even as the ocean takes your breath away, it’s easy to get hooked to the mouth-watering street food if you’re in the mood to try something beyond the usual fare.
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But it’s not such a rosy story for everybody, especially if you’re a top Indian cricketer. Take Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya, for example. Surya is a Mumbai boy and is surely exposed to quality seafood while there’s enough evidence that Hardik isn’t shy of a flamboyant life.
But when it’s the World Cup and an elusive trophy to win, the two superstars of Indian cricket are keeping themselves on a tight leash when it comes to culinary experiences. One understands that both the players have their own chefs travelling with them. The duo’s daily dubba (lunch box) comes from these chefs.
According to sources, the travelling chefs are not part of the team contingent. They do their own bookings and stay in bread-and-breakfast joints close to the team hotel. It is here that they cook the food prescribed by the cricketers’ nutritionists. The meals are handed to them in tiffin-carriers every day.
One understands that it has nothing to do with the quality of food that is being served to the team at the hotels that they are staying. It’s just that the players are very fussy about nutrition and the feel of “ghar ka khana (home-cooked food)” that make them feel comfortable on a long, difficult tour.
While Hardik and Surya have their own chefs, it’s not that the other members of the team are going on binges. In fact, it was Virat Kohli who had brought about a change in the food culture of the Indian team during his captaincy tenure and the team has stuck with it.
If all goes well though for another week though, a little bit of indulgence for the boys in blue could well be in store on the party streets of the Caribbean.