Hyderabad, Feb 28: Recalling his childhood days, India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has revealed how he used play matches without lunch and that would affect his batting.
Tendulkar, who is here in the city for the second Test against Australia, enjoyed Bengali cuisine with other cricketers on Wednesday (February 27) at a city restaurant.
Along with Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan had Bengali lunch.
As the cricketers enjoyed the dishes, Tendulkar started speaking about his childhood days, according to a report in "The Times of India" on Thursday.
A source was quoted as saying by the newspaper that Tendulkar was "overheard" telling how he played without eating and that affected his batting.
"Sachin (Tendulkar) was overheard telling his colleagues how as a kid, he would always skip meals. It was only when he began playing as a pro that he understood how important food is. Recalling the time he had gone to play at Wankhede (Stadium), without lunch, Sachin said he kept missing balls. It was then that he realised he was hungry. After he was sent back to the pavilion, the first thing he asked for was food, and thereon, he never missed a meal," a source said told the newspaper.
"Sachin loved kosha mangsho and in fact, all of them relished the food. They enjoyed each and every dish. After savouring the norel gurer ice-cream for dessert, Sachin just couldn't stop raving about it. He told us that if he gets time from his busy schedule, he will come back again to dine," added the source.
It was Tendulkar's idea to taste Bengali food, said the report.
India and Australia will be involved in the second Test here from March 2.