With the luxury accomodation and travel international cricketers are accustomed to today, Sachin Tendulkar's visit to Lahli, which does not even have a four-star accommodation, was expected to spark interest.
The HCA officials went into a tizzy the minute they were told of Tendulkar's impending trip with the Mumbai Ranji team. It was his first outing to Lahli and adding the hype around his retirement, administrators were sure of sleepless nights.
However, it was quite the opposite when Tendulkar actually arrived. The anxiousness and uneasiness gave way to a pleasant familiarity as the legend chatted with the people greeting him. "Don't be over conscious. I just wanted to enjoy the place and it's rural essence," Tendulkar had told a member, who was deployed in his service.
Apart from enjoying the scenic beauty, Tendulkar was eager to devour local delicacies. "He asked us about the special dishes of Lahli and instructed us to serve them without any hesitation," said the member.
On his wish-list are baajre ki roti and aloo gobhi. However, it is the thandi lassi that Tendulkar has fallen head over heels for. "He was served thandi lassi when he arrived. He liked it so much that not only did he have it during dinner but also requested us if it could be served for breakfast and dinner everyday," he added.
A chef from ITC Maurya, Delhi, will take care of the food for Tendulkar and teammates Zaheer Khan and Ajinkya Rahane who are staying with him. But, if one goes by the batting maestro's wish, it's not the five-star menu but the local cuisine which has the legend craving for more.