The Indian team played two matches – the 3rd ODI and the first T20I – in Canberra and won both of them. While the players did play well than that in the first couple of ODIs, it could be the delicious food they ate while their stay in Canberra did some magic. The food they were served while their stay in the hotel has been revealed.
Virat Kohli’s men feasted on the Kerala-style cabbage stir fry, potato mezhukkupuratti, and lentil curry. According to a report by OnManorama, a Malayali chef by the name of Thomas Eso cooked the meals for the men in blue. Thomas is from Ayiroor in the Pathanamthitta district in the state of Kerala. He has been cooking for team India since they arrived in Canberra for the third ODI.
Thomas has worked in a couple of five-star hotels in the US and Dubai before moving to Australia about 15 years ago. He has also cooked for the Indian women’s cricket team a couple of years back. The report added that the players were served with a variety of fruits and snacks during practice sessions and matchdays by Thomas.
Speaking to the publication, Thomas said, ” I am happy that team India could win both their matches in Canberra. All players and supporting staff offered words of appreciation for my service. Coach Ravi Shastri said that his food had a homely feel about it. I will hold those words close to my heart.”
Thomas revealed that pacer, T Natarajan came into the kitchen to meet him after catching the aroma of the food. Natarajan later brought Sanju Samson, who hails from Kerala to have a chat with him. Other players and staff as well came to meet the chef.
After two humiliating losses in the first two ODIs in Sydney, India has bounced back with consecutive victories in Canberra. India won the third ODI by 13 runs, and the first T20I by 11 runs at the Manuka Oval. The action moves back to the SCG for the last two T20Is.
Virat Kohli to leave team India after the Adelaide Test
After the completion of the ODI and 3-match T20I series, both the teams will lock horns in the 4-match Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
However, regular captain, Virat Kohli will miss out on the last three Test matches as he will return to India to attend the birth of his first child with his wife and Bollywood actress, Anushka Sharma.
He has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI and will lead the side in the ODIs, T20Is, and the first Test in Adelaide. Ajinkya Rahane is likely to captain the team in the last three Test matches in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.