Joy's Diary: Asian team looks tasty when it comes to the menu

Joy Chakravarty 20:24 16/01/2016
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Jeev Milkha Singh (R) and Anirban Lahiri (L).

One of the best things about being part of the Asian team is the diversity in its members. Communication is obviously a problem as several of them do not speak any common language, but it does come with its own advantages.

If you are a food connoisseur, the Asian team room is the place to be. Captain Jeev Milkha Singh and his wife Kudrat have tried to make sure that that the lunch menu suits all kinds of palates, and dinner – which is a team affair – every night has been ordered from specialty restaurants. Before the tournament started, Singh tweeted and asked Kuala Lumpur-based fans for suggestions on the best eating joint in different cuisines.

Wednesday night was Malaysian food, and Thursday was a short trip from the hotel to one of the best Thai food restaurants in Shah Alam area. Friday was Indian food and last night it was Japanese sushi.

Coincidence
It rarely happens in team competition that the same pairing on either side plays each other in both fourballs and foursomes. But that is exactly what happened with the Malaysian duo of Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung (right) and Europeans Victor Dubuisson and Soren Kjeldsen. It was expected that the local heroes would be paired again for the foursomes after snatching half a point on Friday, while Clarke might split his players.

But that did not happen. Both pairs faced off each other once again as the captains sent them out in the fifth match, and both could not break the deadlock again, thus making it a complete repeat of Friday.

Secret of Prayad’s fitness
Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng is the oldest player in the EurAsia Cup. He turns 50 on January 30, and still remains one of the fittest players in the world. In 2015, Marksaeng won on both the Asian and Japan Golf Tours, breaking into the top-100 of the world rankings and earning a captain’s pick for the biennial showdown against Europe.

Marksaeng is not worried by the stifling heat here which some players have found a little stifling and when asked about the secret of his fitness, he said: “It’s easy, easy, easy! No drinking, no smoking, sleep early, wake up early, exercise every day. Easy.”

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