There is no denying that Sachin Tendulkar is a foodie. He thrives on non-vegetarian dishes. And like his hunger to score runs, he also has an appetite to try out cui-sines from across the world.
Tendulkar, however, can cross the line at times. Not many people find the sight of crawling creatures appealing, but Tendulkar has no reservations. "I've tried out snails. But they were not too good," said Tendulkar, at the launch of 'Cooking on the Run' by Boria Majumdar.
Superstitions are common amongst sportspersons. Were the snails a part of a hidden superstition for the master? Or, does he consider a particular food item lucky? "Luckily nothing, but now you have put it into my head," Tendulkar laughed.
Though nothing can mat-ch the food served by Tendu-lkar's mother, he relishes Japanese cuisine. And he has ensured his teammates have a taste of it too.
"I love Japanese food. Once, I took Suresh Raina along and he said he loved it, though I am not sure whether he was just saying it!" joked Tendulkar.
Yes, playing Pakistan in the World Cup is a grand clash. And when a foodie like Tendulkar avoids eating during the lunch break, that is something.
"I just had a big bowl of ice-cream in the innings break in 2003. I had my earphones on and didn't want to listen to anyone, as I knew what was needed. I just informed the ground staff to let me know when the umpires walked out. When they did, I just removed my earphones and walked out," Tendulkar recalled. He went on to hit a match-winning 98 in that game in Centurion, South Africa.
The next time India locked horns with Pakistan in a World Cup, it was the 2011 semifinal in Mohali. And thus Tendulkar not indulging himself doesn't come as a surprise.
"I just had a pack of noodles the night before," said Tendulkar, who confessed that his daughter Sara, rather than his son Arjun, was more likely to follow in his footsteps.