All That ‘Zak’

While most of us wouldn’t think it right to be wearing shades when indoors, Zak carries his off quite stylishly.

We met Zaheer Khan last Friday just before he could catch his flight. In his red RCB polo, relaxed gray pants and loafers, the Cricketer looked quite composed for a man who had taken three wickets the previous day.

Talking about Cricket, new hairstyles and food among other things, this is Sher Singh’s exclusive interview with our ‘Man of the Match’.

Sher Singh: How do you celebrate after winning a match?
Zak: It always feels good after winning. When we won the match on the 17th there was a small get together – just the team members and a few friends.

SS: Your fans are asking, ‘Why have you grown your hair?’
Zak: (Laughs) I’ve grown my hair just because I just needed some change. I’ve had short hair for a while and I thought let’s try something different. I’ve always been experimenting with my hair and this is something new I have tried and yes, I’m loving it.

SS: One of them specifically asked, “ZAK is there a fashion in Team India’s Senior Cricketers to have long hair these days, example Sachin, Dada, Dhoni and you?
Zak: Well all I can say is, I started it. (Laughs)

SS: What do you have to say to your fans?
Zak: Well we reached an interesting stage of the tournament and it’s been amazing to see so many teams actually winning more than 50% of the games. And it’s been really confusing to tell who would qualify. But yes, it’s been amazing and everyone’s been superb in terms of support. So I would just tell my fans to keep supporting the players.

SS: So you’re planning to come out with a New Clothing line. Could you give us a sneak preview.
Zak: Well you know that Cricket has always been my passion. So whenever I come out with my line of clothing it’ll be inspired by Cricket and have many elements of the game. For example, the ‘swing’ which I am related to, the Cricket ball that I use and stuff like that.

SS: And Zak, is there something we don’t know about you yet?
Zak: I am a complete foodie. I have some restaurants; I love travelling and trying different cuisines.

SS: How would you tell your fans and your fellow cricketers to #BeASport?
Zak: Well #BeASport means a lot to me. Without even you realizing it, you can be helping others and I personally feel that it’s the best thing you could do. That’s what is special about #BeASport. Whoever I have talked to about the movement is very excited about how just a ‘click’ can help so many kids.

– sb

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Off the Field

We are mostly used to seeing them playing on the field and we must admit we like them best in their uniforms. However, we got a little curious and wanted to see how they are without the bat and the ball. These are some of our favorite cricket stars quite off the field.

1. Rahul Dravid 2. Yuvraj Singh 3. Ricky Ponting 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Alastair Cook 6. Michael Clarke 7. Mitchell Johnson 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Virat Kohli.

Get your Cricket Off the Field gear here.

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City Snapshots

The whole cricket fever has also got us (more) interested in our cities and so some of us are planning a tour together. But before we do that, we asked some of our other colleagues who’ve already been there and done that.

Bangalore
“When I was in Bangalore a few years ago it was so green and fresh. I liked the fact that it was close to Mysore and I also liked the hotel we stayed at. I liked the snails there. They were very weird with their conical shells.”

Chennai
“The food with all the chutneys! I can just eat them. I loved the temples – beautiful architecture. I loved the silk saris and it was fascinating to see how people personalised the Chennai diamonds by inscribing messages on them.”

Delhi
“I like the fact that Delhi is a kind of place where you can remain unseen if you want or you can go out and meet everyone whenever you want. And there is so much variety in terms of food, places and people. You can go and watch a jazz concert or go partying at night.”

Kolkata
“I liked Kolkata because it’s really old and vintage with its little streets and archways. You can almost imagine the old British men and women walking around the city.”

Mumbai
“The thing about Mumbai is that you can’t miss the energy. I liked the feeling of being next to the sea. I liked the coast. But most importantly, I think I like Mumbai because of the people.”

– SB

Making of the Cricket Ball

A long time ago, during the middle ages, an English shepherd threw a ball made of rags and wool at a certain something. Another playfully defended that certain something with his crooked staff. Of course, this game of two did not singularly evolve into modern cricket but it makes sense to assume that this was the game at its most primitive stage. And the ball of rags and wool was arguably the first Cricket ball.

Today, the best Cricket balls are still manufactured by hand but it’s far more complex than what the old shepherd made.

– MU & SB

Cricket & Cupcakes

India’s playing? Apart from going out to a Sports bar or reclining on the sofa with the T.V. remote in hand, how else do you support the team? Surprisingly, Cricket cupcakes are unusually good when teamed with your celebratory alcoholic concoctions. And when India wins and if some cupcakes are still there in the fridge, you can take them out for a grand celebration.

image source: genii-cupcakes

Here’s what you’ll need to make what one of our colleagues made for the match yesterday. She called them the ‘Cinnapple Muffins’. They were delicious.

  • 1 Egg for 6 cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of castor sugar
  • 3/4 cup of apples
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

The Steps:

  • Line the cupcake tray with cup cake holders.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl.
  • Whisk the egg well for 5 minutes.
  • Add the milk and oil to the whisked egg.
  • Add all the dry ingredients to the mixture of the egg, milk and oil.
  • Add the cut pieces of apples with the honey and vanilla essence.
  • Pour the mixture into the cup cake holders.
  • Cook for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees in the oven
  • Frost when the cupcakes are completely cool.

Serve them with some Cricket-icing.

– MU & SB

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