Indian cricket team arrived in Rajkot for the third Test of the ongoing five-match Test series against England. The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team will face England at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in the third Test on February 15, 2024.
Team India was warmly welcomed at Rajkot's Sayaji Hotel, where they will be staying from February 11th to 19th.
Indian skipper Rohit and KL Rahul have been reportedly provided with a suite decked with a Saurashtra heritage theme, while Kathiyawadi cuisine will be served to the team.
Urvesh Purohit, Sayaji Hotel director, told AajTak that the players usually get Western-themed rooms during their travels around the world, and that’s why they decided to offer them a Royal Heritage theme to refresh themselves during their stay.
It is being said that Rohit has been allocated the presidential suite room, designed with a Royal Heritage theme, showcasing the rich culture of Saurashtra, Gujarat.
Meanwhile, the hotel director revealed that Indian players will enjoy special Gujarati and Kathiyawadi cuisine on February 13, featuring a delicious banquet including Fafda-Jalebi, Khakhra, Gathiya, Thepla, and Khaman for breakfast.
For dinner, Team India stars will be treated to authentic Kathiyawadi dishes such as Dahi Tikari, Vagherela Rotlo (fried Bajra Roti with yogurt and garlic), and Khichdi Kadhi.
The hotel director further revealed Indian players’ fondness for Kathiyawadi cuisine, saying that they have really liked Khichdi-Kadhi. He said that Rahul and Hardik Pandya are particularly fond of Khichdi-Kadhi, and even MS Dhoni, during his visits to Rajkot, enjoyed this dish immensely.
The third Test match of the ongoing 5-match Test series between India and England will be played in Rajkot from February 15 to 19. The series is currently tied at 1-1.
(With Aaj Tak/India Today Inputs)