"I love food whether it's Indian, continental or Italian, and I'm lucky that being a sportsman I can get away with my indulgences," says Jonty. In a light-hearted interview with CS, the ex- South African cricketer talks about his love for India, food and adventure.
Time to binge!
India is a treat for any food-lover. I love the lamb preparations made in Hyderabad, the Malabari curries and Wazwan of Kashmir. For breakfast, I enjoy masala dosas and gulab jamuns after my dinner. You can say that I'm quite hooked onto Indian food. As a sportsman, I look at food as fuel. I need the calories to burn on the field. However, every team nowadays has a dietician or nutritionist who advises players on what toeat and when. Our days were much easier (laughs out loud).
The secret kitchen
The lunches served at Lord's in the UK are loved by cricketers from all over the globe. They have a huge spread for players, especially when Test matches are played there. Unfortunately, you cannot play a Test match on a heavy stomach, so we had to forgo a lot of the delicacies on the buffet. As players we used to look forward to playing at Lord's for those lovelylunches.
I enjoy surfing, mountain biking, ATV rides and all those exciting sports. I love the idea of speed, and taking part in adventure sports make me feel a lot younger (laughs out loud). I won't say that I don't fear death, but living on the fast lane does give me a huge thrill. Adventure sports are a fun way of shaping in shape as well.
I have two kids, a 13-year-old daughter, Daniella and a nine-year-old son Ross. Back home in Durban, I love taking my son and daughter to the beach for swimming, surfing or volleyball. Playing sport outdoors was a way of life for me, and my kids are sporty as well. Being with them is a huge stress-buster.
Not a gentleman's game?
When we played cricket, there was not much money in the sport. We played for pride and passion. So, these incidents of corruption in the game have saddened me greatly. They bring an aura of negativity around the sport. Nowadays, young players are paid handsomely and I see no need for such greed. However, I will say that 99.99 per cent of the cricketers are clean and play for pride. And they are an inspiration for the next generation.