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Strict diet control for Indian team

After the crushing defeat in Melbourne, Indian cricketers have been put under a strict diet regime by trainer Greg King and physio John Gloster.

cricket Updated: Dec 31, 2007 17:58 IST

After the crushing defeat in Melbourne, Indian cricketers have been put under a strict diet regime and will have to do without several of their favourite mouth-watering delicacies.

Trainer Gregory Allen King and physio John Gloster have asked players to avoid ice-cream and chocolate as well as fried and spicy stuff.

According to a two-page diet chart titled 'Daily Eating Guidelines for Players', the squad has also been asked to avoid tea and coffee and cut back on sugar consumption. The two page advisory states: "On match days, be careful of over consumption as snacks can be larger when you have been active and smaller when just watching the game."

To avoid laziness, the advisory says "The players should not have dinner later than 9 pm." The chart talks in detail about what to eat and avoid on match and non-match days. It wants players to lay their hands off biryani, red meat, traditional Indian sweets, butter mayonnaise on sandwiches, anything deep fried, dishes with visible fat/oil, creamy sauces and sodas, unless diet, but 'water is still better.'

However, Gloster and King have offered players the liberty to have "one free day per week where you can eat whatever you want".

India looked extremely lethargic in the field and running between the wickets in the first Test at the MCG which they lost by 337 runs. Players were prone to let balls go between their legs and while batting, many a times a certain brace was reduced to a single.