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If lucky, get to nibble on a Dhoni sixer

Ranchi, seeing apna Mahi loft some Super Sixes on home ground on January 19 may not be enough. Cricket-crazy foodies can also munch on them, security considerations permitting.

On Tuesday, authorities at Radisson Blu — the hospitality hub has been booked for the players — will let it be known if the much anticipated cricket food fest will still be on to coincide with the India-England ODI on January 19 or whether the entire hotel will be cordoned off.

But if the cricket food fest — on the anvil for months now — holds, a double treat of great cricket and great food awaits the capital.

For, not only will the city host its first ever One Day International between India and England at the International Cricket Stadium, Dhurwa, and get to cheer hometown boy M.S. Dhoni leading Team India, it will also get to taste some tantalising treats at Radisson Blu.

It’s a smart way of cashing in on the cricket fever as both the teams will be put up at the plush venue.

So, while cricket buffs in the rest of India can only see Dhoni’s sixers, Harbhajan’s doosras, Stuart’s bouncers or Yuvraj flicks, Ranchi may be ahead in the game if it can taste them.

“We’ll get our valuable guests know on Tuesday if Radisson Blu Hotel is hosting a food festival during the ODI where guests can watch the match on screens here with mouth-watering cricket dishes,” said hotel’s general manger Ayon Bhattacharya.

Decoding the munch menu, executive assistant manager Swajib Chatterjee said they had also planned a dish in honour of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar called Tendulkar’s Cover Drive — delectably smooth cheesy sheekh kebabs.

Dhoni’s Sixer is a Spicy hariyali chicken tikka.

Similarly, Harbhajan’s Doosra will be spicy Mexican fish fry and Stuart’s Bouncer a peppery lamb preparation. Yuvraj’s flick is stir-fried chicken with bell peppers.

The team at Radisson Blu said they were die-hard cricket buffs.

“We are having a lot of fun designing this food fest as a grand welcome for the boys as well as to tickle the taste buds of our customers who are as cricket crazy as us. But ultimately it depends on security concerns,” said Bhattacharya.

He added: “The Kebab Factory is well-known and people love our tandoor offerings. Sachin fans among us decided to name a kebab dish after the little master. Dhoni being a local boy is so dear to people here, obviously we named another dish after him.”

“It’s thrilling that 2013 will start on such a high note for us,” Bhattacharya added.

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