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Mutton biryani a hit with Dhoni

india Updated: Apr 06, 2014 00:37 IST
Nilankur Das
Nilankur Das
Hindustan Times
Anti Corruption and Security Unit

The India team hotel in Dhaka was bustling with activity on Saturday morning. The South African men's and women's teams were finishing off last-minute shopping before flying to Johannesburg. The England women's team was just returning from training ahead of their final against Australia. A few fans waited in the lobby for a glimpse of the India team when they left for training, there were also players' agents and, of course, the media.

Keeping close watch while working on his laptop was Anti Corruption and Security Unit's regional security manager Dharamveer Singh Yadav. But even though some Lanka players were seen loitering, none of the Indians came out of their rooms.

"They have ordered room service and will not come down for lunch," informed the lobby manager. India had defeated South Africa on Friday and the only time they got out was to board the bus for a session of football at the venue of the final.

"There were some issues with some players ordering food from outside. But we explained to them and it was for their own good. They are all very happy with the food served to them," said Salman Kabir, the hotel's public relations manager. The team generally comes down to the restaurant at the ground floor for breakfast and lunch. They have preferred to have their dinner out even on non-match days, a source said.

"Paneer pakora is their favourite. We generally do not have that on our menu but we had requested our chef Dominic and now they are all in love with it. Skipper MS Dhoni's favourite is mutton biryani and he loves it our ‘kachhi' style (raw meat and rice cooked together). He has ordered it the most during his stay here. Dhoni mostly has his food in his room," the source said.

"We have got the poolside cafeteria closed for the duration of the event and that is because of player movement. There have been instructions from the ICC and the Bangladesh government for the event," said Kabir.