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Fitness has become of paramount significance to Indian players over the past decade. To be part of the present Indian team, one of the primary factors is sharpness in the field, for which it is highly crucial to keep a balanced diet.

A lean build with 6-pack abs has become the new standard and that has elevated the Men in Blue’s standard of performance across formats. Although, keeping control over whatever the performer eats also means that they need to avoid their guilty pleasures besides on cheat days every once in a while.

A number of Indian performers can be reviewed as extremely fit and this has supported their performances as well. Although, some of them still have a favorite form of junk food that they may eat on cheat days.

On that observation, let’s take a look at 5-such Indian players and their favorite street food.

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#5 Yuzvendra Chahal – Pani Puri

Yuzvendra Chahal is a ferocious competitor on the field but is an equally amusing character off of it. Known for his rib-tickling interviews on the ‘Chahal TV’ show, the 32-year-old is also a huge foodie, being his lanky body might trick one from believing.

Chahal is a complete fan of Indian ‘chaat’, particularly pani puri, or ‘gol gappe’ as they are mentioned in the north. Chahal has been pretty vocal about how much he is enthusiastic to adding onions and various types of chutneys to make his food spicy.

He is also a great fan of Delhi’s street food and like Chole-Kulche.


#4 Mohammad Shami – Biryani

One of the best pacers in the world at the second, Mohammad Shami is also a foodie, with a choice for non-vegetarian items, and completely loves Biryani. During his national cricket days in Kolkata, there have been fictions where Shami was promoted to take wickets with a guarantee of Biryani in return.

Shami is also affectionate about giving his mate a treat and has thrown ‘Biryani Parties’ in the previous time. Even former head coach Ravi Shastri once appreciated the fast bowler for sending over some tasty Biryani.


#3 Rohit Sharma – Pav Bhaji
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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has a standing for making his teammates easy around him, anyway their age.

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One of the best ways the 35-year-old employ to bond with his teammates is by organizing a typical Mumbai Street Food Party. This happens almost yearly in the (MI) Mumbai Indian’s dressing room.

Being a true Mumbai boy, Sharma completely loves the likes of Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav, also Samosa Pav. He also stimulates his teammates, in particular the overseas performer on the team, to try the spicy ‘chaat’ food of Mumbai.


#2 Virat Kohli – Chole Bhature

Arguably the main reason behind the revolution in the fitness culture within the Indian squad is none other than former skipper Virat Kohli. As somebody who was chubby at the beginning of his career, Kohli gradually understood he needed to remain extremely fit to stay on top of his match.

He primarily brought changes to his own diet and also improve his performance to maintain a benchmark of fitness. Although, he has openly acknowledged his love for Chole Bhature on a rare cheat day, mainly from Delhi’s Rajouri Garden.

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The 33-year-old said in an interview that both are equally he and his wife Anushka Sharma once craved Chole Bhature. They ate to their heart’s satisfaction and then 2-hours later, they hit the gym to burn all the calories.


#1 Sachin Tendulkar – Vada Pav

Whoever knows the God of Indian player, Sachin Tendulkar, individually knows that he too is a huge foodie. Throughout his cricket career and even after retirement, Tendulkar has liked to travel around the world and try various cuisines.

Although, like every Mumbaikar, he has a soft corner for Vada Pav, especially from Shivaji Park, where he grew up performing the game. He can evidently taste a Vada Pav and find out whether it has been purchased from Shivaji Park or not.

Tendulkar has before stated how fond he and his cricketing friends were of Vada Pav in his early years. They used to eat the classic Mumbai ‘chaat’ item after exhausting themselves out playing games or practicing at Shivaji Park.

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