Fruits of Labour: Indian players have watermelons during drinks break for hydration | Cricket News

AHMEDABAD: Fielding for nearly two days in the scorching sun can drain energy and India has devised a unique way to keep hydrated by having watermelons during the drinks break on day two of the fourth Test against Australia on Friday.
In fact, the drinks break turned into a glorified fruit break when the substitute outfielder mohamed siraj carried a plate full of juicy cut watermelons to the field.
Those who have been associated with Indian teams over the years could not remember if the watermelons were eaten during the coffee break.
“Maybe it’s another way to stay hydrated in this dry heat. If you see, it was very hot even for the latter part of the evening both days. Apart from mixed electrolyte drinks which help maintain the pH level in the body, juicy fruits help with both hydration and energy in extreme conditions,” a source close to the team told PTI.
Eating fruit is nothing new and normally fast bowlers are found having a bite or two of banana at the boundary line after a long stretch.
“Fast bowlers don’t operate with a heavy stomach, but you lose a lot of energy and body fluids after maybe five or six spells. So a bite or two of a banana or energy bar helps. But yeah , in my playing days or even after that, I never heard of watermelons being served on the pitch. This is new to me,” said a former Indian fast bowler, who retired a few years ago. years.
It is also about whether the particular type of fruit is available in a particular city.
But without a doubt, the watermelon was literally the work of the Indian team.


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