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ANUJ KUMAR
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Table For Two Inzamam-ul-Haq dispels some myths about his food habits and fitness

Inzamam ul Haq Photo: V.Sudershan
Inzamam ul Haq Photo: V.Sudershan

In the last fortnight as the Indian cricket team was outwitted by a resurgent Pakistani team, most cricket analysts went berserk. Inzamam-ul-Haq emerged as the voice of reason on ABP News even when his co-panellists Vinod Kambli and Manoj Prabhakar were getting increasingly emotional. “An analyst’s aim should be that the person he is criticising should take something out of his analysis.

What’s the point if he shuts down the TV after hearing your comment? ” He is surprised by Sachin Tendulkar’s decision to retire from one day cricket. It is breakfast time and Inzamam seems out of form! Ordering a cup of tea, Inzamam clears the air.

“It is a myth that I indulge in rich food and am fond of paranthas and sweets. I try paranthas once in six months and only once in a while binge on kheer .” But do people link his frequent run outs (second highest in One Dayers) with his food habits and fitness? “I was not the only one. Atapattu broke my record, Mohammad Yousuf came very close and you know their figures. Run out has very little to do with fitness, it has more to do with your understanding with the partner. Anger is one of the traits that define a man. I don’t say I don’t get angry. I consider the Canada incident (when he ran after a spectator with a bat in hand) as my mistake. No doubt, the spectator used indecent language against me but I should have controlled myself but in the case of Oval Test it was more of a technical issue where our national honour was involved,” reasons Inzamam.

His feet movement and his ability to see fast bowling early has become a part of cricket legends. In fact it is something that propels him into the kitchen. “I don’t put anything special. It is just about the combination,” offering to prepare a dish for us one day. “I am good at preparing omelettes and plain rice as well.” It takes him back to the playing days. “In Barbados we used to stay in apartments and were expected to cook our own food. Moin, Mushtaq and I used to stay together and my job was to wash the plates.” On every Indian visit he makes it a point to visit Karim’s in Old Delhi.It is time for dessert and Inzamam moves to a plate of fresh fruits. Many analysts have felt that he didn’t enjoy the fruits of his labour fully. “But today I feel if I had come up the order my personal record could have been better,” he signs off with a warm handshake.

ANUJ KUMAR

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