Milk is the secret of Tendulkar's strength

Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 19:53 [IST]
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Sachin TendulkarChandigarh: When Sachin Tendulkar hammers Aussies pacers for boundary in second Test at Mohali on Friday, the power behind the shot may well come from hot milk with a dash of turmeric mixed in it.

"Tendulkar has a special preference for hot milk for his breakfast the day he has to play a match. Last time also he had asked for it and whenever he asks for it, we give it to him with some turmeric which he mixes in the milk," said Ramit Kohli, senior chef at the Taj hotel, where the two teams are currently staying.

He said Tendulkar, who just needs 15 runs more to become the highest run-getter in the Test matches, also relishes bananas, banana shakes and eggs for breakfast.

Kohli said in routine the Taj serves the players "power breakfast" which is high in caloric values and includes lot of fibres and energy drinks.

"We give them mix of continental which contains chicken or fish, baked beans, breakfast cereals, high calories like multi grain bread muesli, choice of cheese spreads, fresh variety of cut fruits and juices," he said.

However, on specific request made by any player the hotel supplies them whatever food they order.

Today, for example the Indian team had lot of "crispy paranthas without oil" while the Aussies relished Dosas although their skipper Ricky Ponting had "poached eggs for breakfast."

Many Indian players also order south Indian food which includes Dosas, Upma, Poha and Sambar.

In routine, the Aussies are fond of lot of pastas with continental breads.

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