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Have you visited these cricketers’ restaurants yet?

On the eve of IPL 2016, from Chris Gayle to Ravindra Jadeja, we take a look at players who are making a mark in the hospitality business, too

Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are not the only cricketers to have got into the food business. Cricketers seem to have a natural inclination towards hospitality, and while ‘Tendulkar’s’, in Mumbai, and ‘Sourav’s Food Pavilion’, in Kolkata, have long shut down, restaurants started by other cricketers — both current and former players — are drawing in the crowds across the world. On the eve of IPL 2016, we take a look at these restaurants, from Chris Gayle’s Triple Century 333 to Ravindra Jadeja’s Jaddu’s Food Field. (Text: Team Express Foodie)

Chris Gayle: Chris ‘Master Storm’ Gayle owns The Triple Century 333 restaurant and sportsbar, in Kingston, Jamaica. The restaurant, which opened in 2013, is named after the West Indian batsman’s 333 against Sri Lanka in 2010. On the menu are popular Caribbean dishes, including curried chicken and goat, jerk pork and shrimp kababs. (Text: Team Express Foodie/ Photo: Facebook)

Zaheer Khan: The former ace left-arm bowler is seriously into hospitality. Zaheer Khan’s Hospitality owns numerous brands, including a lounge called Toss, ZaheerKhan’s, and Zaheer Khan’s Dine Fine, in Pune. His company is also into the banquets scene. Khan got into the hospitality business around 2005. (Text: Team Express Foodie)

Mahela Jayawardene & Kumar Sangakkara: Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara tied up with famous Sri Lankan chef Darshan Munidasa to launch Ministry of Crab, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2011. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes, but crabs, from Pepper Crab to Sangakkara’s fave, Butter Crab, dominate the menu. (Text: Team Express Foodie)

Courtney Walsh: The legendary former West Indian fast bowler runs Cuddy’z Ultimate Sports Bar, in Kingston, Jamaica. Quite naturally Cuddy’z is decorated with sporting memorabilia, and huge television screens. Sports-themed dishes served at Cuddy’z include Formula One Burger, Champion Cheeseburger, and the Ready to Rumble cake-and-vanilla dessert. (Text: Team Express Foodie/ Photo: Facebook)

Ravindra Jadeja: Back in December 2012, Ravindra Jadeja launched Jaddu’s Food Field, in Rajkot, Gujarat. The restaurant serves a variety of cuisines, including Mexican and Thai, and Jadeja chose to launch it on December 12 because the date — 12-12-12 — held a numerological significance for him. (Text: Team Express Foodie/ Photo: Facebook)