Cricketers usually win the heart of fans with their brilliant on-field performances. Players like Virat Kohli, Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan hold humongous popularity across the globe. If we leave cricket aside for a moment, one thing that players crave for is the traditional food which they don’t get to eat quite often due to their fitness restrictions.
But who said that they cannot make their fans happy by serving them with some brilliant places to eat. The players are well aware of the fact that the way to one’s heart is through his stomach. Hence, some of the players have ventured into the hospitality sector by opening their restaurants. Moreover, fans have also rated them as one of the finest places to dine-out and spend quality time with their family and friends
So, let’s go through the list of Indian cricketers, who own some luxurious and jaw-dropping restaurants:
1. Ravindra Jadeja (Jaddu’s Food Field in Rajot)
Ravindra Jadeja, the prolific Indian all-rounder opened his first restaurant back in 2012 in Rajkot. It turned out to be lucky for the off-spinner as he got his first Test call-up on the opening day of his eatery house. In an interview, the 31-year-old player said that Jaddu’s Food Field was opened on a numerically special date, i-e- 12th of December, 2012.
He explained about his love for number 12 saying that he was born in the 12th month of the year followed by his jersey number 12. Also, he got his first Test call up from Team India on the same date.
It is one of the finest places in Rajkot to visit with your near and dear ones that offer visitors with traditional Indian food. The local residents have rated his outlet as one of the best in the city that offers amazing food to the people.
2. Virat Kohli (Nueva in New Delhi)
The current Indian skipper is going through the best time of his life as he has been performing extremely well with the bat. He has certainly turned into a run-machine for Team India. He is one of the most followed sports personality in the country.
Hence, in an attempt to reduce some distance between him and his fans, he had opened a luxurious and fine dining place with a name Nueva in New Delhi. Kohli kicked off with his journey as an owner of Nueva back in 2017. It offers the fans with a sophisticated ambience with some jaw-dropping food.
It is one of a kind that has attracted a huge crowd since its commencement as all the young fans crave for the cuisine that they get in this restaurant. Moreover, if a fan is lucky then they might get a glimpse of their favourite cricketer Kohli, who regularly visits his restaurant when he is in Delhi.
3. Kapil Dev (Kapil Dev’s Elevens in Patna)
Kapil Dev, the former World Cup-winning Indian skipper opened a theme-based restaurant back in 2008. He was quite an enthusiastic cricketer of his time, who helped Team India in winning their first-ever World Cup. The game holds a special place in the heart of the ‘Haryana Hurricane’. So, in order to express love for cricket, he introduced a cricket-themed restaurant for the fans in Patna. Dev named it as Elevens because a team holds a total of 11 players in a cricket game.
He worked quite hard on the decor of the restaurant that offers a perfect ambience for a cricketing geek. The walls are filled with the flags of different countries with flooring covered with artificial grass.
Moreover, it offers quite a different variety of Indian and continental cuisine to visitors. It usually remains jam-packed on the matchdays as the cricket fans cannot wish more than a place that gives proper stadium ambience.
4. Zaheer Khan (ZK’s in Pune)
Zaheer Khan is arguably one of the best fast bowlers that India has ever produced in its cricket history. He was known for his brilliant swing bowling and the batsmen used to struggle a lot against him. While playing cricket for Team India, he also tried his luck in the hospitality sector as he opened his first restaurant named ZK’s in Pune.
Like his cricketing career, he achieved massive success in that venture as well. His restaurant offers a proper inside and outside dining for the customers.
It is one of the happening places based in Pune where the group of friends can come and enjoy their time with authentic cuisine. ZK’s is quite an expensive place but it is worth every single penny if the visitor wants to enjoy delicious food.
5. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara (Ministry of Crabs in Colombo)
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are two gems of Sri Lanka cricket. They are by far the best batsmen that the islanders have ever produced in their history. The duo rescued their national side on several occasions with their match-winning partnerships. They shared a strong bond with each other on the cricket field. Hence, they carry on with the same in the hospitality sector.
The former players jointly opened a restaurant named Ministry of Crabs in a partnership with renowned chef Dharshan Munise. Their restaurant precisely focusses on seafood specifically on crabs. Moreover, they got some great reviews from the fans over the sea cuisines.
People come from a long way to put a full stop on their cravings for such authentic seafood that is rarely available of the optimum quality. The first outlet was opened in Colombo and after tasting success, Jayawardene and Sangakkara extended their chain to Mumbai, Shanghai, and Manila.
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