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Kebabs & cricket
Ravi Shastri at Chhote Nawab on Wednesday. Picture by Anindya Shankar Ray

Cricketer-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri was the special guest in Chhote Nawab restaurant at 7 Circus Avenue on Wednesday. Between mouthfuls of kebab, he spoke to t2 about food and fun.

What has been your best moment as commentator?

India winning the World Cup, of course.

Your most embarrassing moment as commentator…

Am still a student in the field....

Do you have a lucky charm or something that you carry with you to the box?

(Shakes his head) Chewing gum, a bottle of water…. When I played cricket, I was superstitious about putting the left pad on before the right.

One thing you like about Calcutta…

People, culture, club culture and a very close-knit society.

One thing you would like to change about Calcutta...

Make it noisier!

When not working, what do you do to relax?

I am learning to play golf (laughs).

Are you a foodie?

You got me right in the middle of a Kakori Kebab…. (Smiles)

Your favourite cuisine and favourite comfort food...

I eat everything. But after three months in Australia, I miss the local cuisine big time.

Do you cook? How good are you in the kitchen?

I never brag, otherwise I’d always be in the kitchen (smiles).

Two things you like at Chhote Nawab…

I love the food. My favourites are Nawabi Fish Tikka and Kakori Kebab. In cricket we have two innings, so first the Kakori Kebab, then the fish.

Places you like to party at when in Calcutta...

There can never be a single choice. Depends on the people you are with, and then you take it from there….

How do you feel about the nightclubs closing early in the city?

Brilliant! All these youngsters should be put in their place. Thank god, when I was a youngster it was open till 3am (laughs out loud).

Movies you have seen or books that you have read recently and liked...

Cricket, cricket, cricket.