It is every cricketer’s dream to play at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, which is often referred to as the ‘Mecca of Cricket’. The history related to the ground makes it even more special for every cricketer to at least play their once in their lifetime and get a chance to stand on that memorable balcony where Sourav Ganguly (Dada) waved off his T-shirt after winning the Natwest Trophy.
As the Indian cricket team got ready to face England in the second Test of the five-match series, every cricket lover waited with bated breath to catch the clash of two heavyweights at the historical venue. However, incessant rain in London has resulted in the first session of the second Test match being washed out. Even the toss got delayed due to the relentless rain in London.
With players of both the teams waiting for the action to begin, they were treated with a hearty meal in the meantime at the lunch break, which was forced early due to drizzle. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted the menu card from the lunch at Lord’s which was dished out to the players on the first day.
And by the looks of it, it seemed as if the players won’t be complaining much about the rain as the variety of dishes served for them was absolutely delicious.
Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav are some of the fittest cricketers in the current Indian team and with Kohli being in command it was difficult to predict what the Indian cricketers would’ve ate from the wide variety of dishes.
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Starting with wild mushroom and chestnut soup followed by fresh lamb saddle, roasted stone bass and chicken lasagne. The appetizing lunch also included Indian dishes such as – chicken tikka curry, paneer tikka curry, dal and mixed vegetables. Prawns, mashed potato, basmati rice, papadams, baby carrots, corn, French beans, garden salad and boiled eggs were also served for the health-freak cricketers.
For all those who have a sweet tooth – apple pie custard, dark chocolate and cherry cheesecake, fresh fruit salad and ice-creams were served as the dessert.
The weather forecast does predict a change in the situation around teatime, so there could be an extended last session. Drainage facilities at Lord’s are excellent and play can begin as soon as the conditions improve.
England did name a first 12 on Wednesday, with 20-year-old Olliver Pope waiting to make his Test debut. India have not named any shortlist of players, but skipper Virat Kohli had said that he was tempted to play the second spinner.
England are leading the five-match series against India 1-0 after winning the first Test in Birmingham by 31 runs.