The Indian team that is constantly on the move and is virtually living out of a suitcase almost always prefers food that tastes, smells and feels Indian, even in the dressing room on a match-day.
Therefore, the men in blue wasn’t satisfied with the local South African caterer tasked with providing food in the dressing rooms, was removed and an Indian restaurant named ‘Geet’ was hired.
The local caterer now caters only to the South Africa dressing room. In other venues too, local caterers – non-Indian – were kept away and Indian restaurants were hired to supply the main meals.
Another local caterer said though they give an option for supplying vegetarian fare in the dressing room, and some cooked Indian style, India players don’t like it, probably because it can’t match the aroma and taste of food made in Indian restaurants.
The manage of Geet restaurant who are hired now, said: “The players were unhappy with the local caterer here. So, we were hired and they are enjoying and liking it. We only cater to the dressing room and to the officials accompanying the Indian team.”
South Africa had a series to forget as they suffered 5-1 defeat against India in their own den. To add more to misery, one player after another ruled out of the ODIs due to the injury. First it was AB de Villiers who didn’t play the first three ODIs and then it was the captain Faf du Plessis and also the wicket-keeper Quiton de Kock.]