Brisbane Test: Ishant, Raina leave Gabba at lunch due to lack of vegetarian food
India's woes pile up on Australia tour; Ishant Sharma, Suresh Raina forced to eat outside the ground
Brisbane: Barely two weeks after mutually sharing the grief of Phillip Hughes' death, Indian team's relations with Cricket Australia is turning sour as pacer Ishant Sharma left the Gabba at lunch on the third day, after finding that there was no vegetarian preparation in the menu.
Ishant Sharma and (inset) Suresh Raina
Apparently they have been unhappy with the food provided to the visitors ever since they landed here. The team was very unhappy about the food provided at Glenelg Oval for the two practice matches and the same was notified to the concerned authorities.
The team was happy with the arrangements made for the first Test in Adelaide where South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) arranged for an Indian chef to prepare food for the Indian team during the match. But things have taken a turn for the worse here in Brisbane. On Day Three (Friday), proper vegetarian fare was not provided at lunch.
Two Indian players Ishant Sharma and Suresh Raina complained about the same. They then proceeded outside the stadium premises to procure proper vegetarian food for themselves, accompanied by ICC's ACSU personnel and team director Ravi Shastri. However on their return, they were told that food or beverages can't be brought inside the stadium.
The two players consumed their food sitting outside and then returned to the dressing room. When Dhoni was asked about this issue on Saturday, he calmly replied: "I don't really want to create a controversy, but the facilities here can certainly improve.