Five different teams making five different cakes in five different forms showcasing a cricket pitch, ball, bat and ground on five tables made for an interesting scene on Tuesday at Oregano, the Italian restaurant of JW Marriott, Sector 35, Chandigarh. The event saw Kings XI Punjab and children associated with a city-based NGO, Choti Si Asha, participating in a cake making session.
Choti Si Asha is an NGO for underprivileged children and women, helping them become self-sufficient by teaching them vocational skills such as sewing and stitching.
Each team had three to four children and the same number of players from the team. So, while team one had players including David Hussey, Bhargav Bhatt and Dimitri Mascarenhas, team two had Azhar Mahmood, whose daughter also helped him in the activity.
Team one was seen enthusiastically making the cake with David Hussey, the famous cricketer from Australia, cheering his team with suggestions to make it look better. Azhar, whose wife was also present to offer support, was the subject of envy for the bachelors who were heard murmuring about the senior players being married and therefore trained to cook. “Now, how do you expect us bachelors to be good at something which we don’t get to do?” they asked.
Shifting our focus to the third team, we noticed the reins having been handed over to the kids, while cricketers Bipul Sharma and Sandeep Sharma looked on.
The fourth table, meanwhile, saw players Luke Pomersbach, Luke Miller and R Satish and the kids being equally involved. Interestingly, when Pomersbach was busy making the cake, Miller was heard showering praises on his team, saying, “See, we are so good at it! Believe me, we are quite natural.”
For those who wanted to have unadulterated fun should have joined the fifth team, comprising players Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Rupinder Singh and Sunny Singh, who made a unique cricket ball along with the ground.
Amidst the laughter and frolic, it was David Hussey’s team that had the cake and ate it too, having won the prize.